Bill working to stop smokers from lighting up in a vehicle with children present

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Smokers could have one less place to light up if Senate Bill 747 is passed.

Under the bill, it would be “unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, if a person under 18 is present in the motor vehicle.”

Some smokers we spoke to agreed to the proposed law.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to smoke in cars with children and this would just ensure that that doesn’t happen,” Jeff Largent said.

“I have two children of my own, and I don’t smoke in the car with them. It’s unhealthy for them. They can’t make their own decisions,” Greg Stroud said.

Employees at a discount smoke shop say they don’t feel there’s anything wrong with the bill.

“I think it’s common sense,” Mo Mezgaldi said. “We shouldn’t expose the kids to secondhand smoke.”

However, others think this law would go too far.

“Who’s to stop someone from smoking in their own home with a child present,” Steve Pettigrew said. “I think there’s a point where politics and government should kind of stay out of what people should do in their own personal time.”

The proposal would fine you $100 if you’re caught smoking with a child in the car.

However, experts say a police officer would not be able to pull you over just for that violation.

They would have to stop you on another traffic violation in order to fine you.

“I think the legislation’s gone too far, but at the same time, if it protects the kid’s health, I guess there’s no problem with it,” John Reagor said.

The bill passed 7 to 1 at a Senate Public Safety meeting on Thursday and will now go to the full Senate.

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