(CBS) – Smokers who light up in a vehicle where young people are present could face stiff fines, if a state lawmaker has his way.
Legislation proposed by state Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, would make it illegal for an adult to smoke in a vehicle with children under 18 inside.READ MORE: Obamas Make Surprise Visit To Comer Children's Hospital For Holiday Celebration
Fines could go as high as $100.
“They can smoke in their cars but not with minor children. Why subject these young children to the smoke?” says sponsoring Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago.
Silverstein says he wants to minimize the health dangers of second-hand smoke to kids.READ MORE: Three Men Shot Outside Garfield Red Line Station
CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with people in Bridgeport about the idea. Few disagreed with it — even smokers.
“I’m a smoker. I don’t believe that the kids should be getting my second-hand smoke,” Jerol Barouski says.
Silverstein says a half-dozen states already have a smoking ban for cars with kids inside, and at least a couple of others are considering such a law.
Under the proposed law, a police officer could not stop a vehicle solely because the driver is seen smoking with kids in the car. The stop would have to involve some other traffic violation as well.MORE NEWS: Some Parents Not Pleased As Kids Are Required To Wear Masks During Outdoor Recess At Jonathan Burr Elementary School In Wicker Park
Convertibles with the top down would be exempt.