Smoking In Cars

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new measure in the Illinois House looks to snuff out smoking when children are present in a vehicle.

The legislation barring smoking in vehicles when children eight or younger are riding would make it a class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and 15-hundred dollars in fines.

Similar laws affecting motorists have been passed in Louisiana and Arkansas. West Virginia and California are considering such measures but with proposed fines of 25 and 100 dollars, respectively.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic state Representative Mike Boland of East Moline, says it's the state's responsibility to protect children from adverse health effects from second-hand smoke.

He says the effort isn't invading privacy but more of an encouragement to be responsible.

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