Palatine Going After Smokers Violating Law

PALATINE, Ill. (CBS) — Palatine police are going after smokers who are violating state law.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, two months ago, the Village of Palatine set up a special in a parking lot downtown for smokers to puff away outside.

But the Daily Herald reports the village is still receiving complaints about people smoking too close to the front doors of public buildings. Under the law that went into effect at the beginning of 2008, smokers must be 15 feet away from the door of any public place.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports

Thus, police are now writing tickets, which can range from $100 to $250 for smokers, and up to $2,500 for a company owner.

Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottesen tells the Daily Herald the specially-designated area is getting minimal use, and 90 percent of the complaints are about patrons at a bar called T.J. O’Brien’s, 53 W. Slade St.

  • Gooch50

    Easy way to take care of the problem – close the bar!

  • Lazy eye guy huntin squirrels

    When are they going after the elderly ladys and their stinky perfume ?
    I swear some of them soak in it.

  • tom not too Sharp

    What about bus farters ?

  • What!?!

    What about CTA busses who spew diesel smoke all over the place? The state and Palatine are worried about someone getting a breath of cig smoke as they walk by a smoker, but those busses spew more smoke in one day than most smokers probably do in a month.

  • nads

    good, actually had an old woman come into a store and light up a cigarette that she was smoking inside.

    • Big Nads

      Do you mean to tell me that she came in with a cigarette , lit it , and then SHE WAS SMOKING INSIDE ?!?!?!?!? wow

  • Tammy

    What the hell kind of self rightous prude would actually call in a complaint about someone smoking outdoors. I’m a non-smoker and illegal or not, I would never waste police resources on something so ridiculously petty. Get a life people !

  • FR

    This proves that there are too many laws.

  • deadhead103

    do the police have a tape measure?

  • da Taste

    Some people in Palatine have to much time on there hands, they need to take up a hobby, like uh…smoking-only kidding

  • Yankees27

    Looks like citations for cash. How ’bout the same fines for , oh lets say, jay walking? Littering? Not having your pet on a leash? Not picking up after said pet?
    No use of turn signals? Phoning and driving? Bicyclists who ignore rules of the road? Swearing in public? Palatine police obviously have way too much time on their hands! Must not be a lot of real crime there.

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