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First Coast representative said children would be healthier and safer if they were not exposed to second-hand smoke in a vehicle

6:34 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local representative says children could be healthier if they weren't exposed to second hand smoke.

Now, State Rep. Charles McBurney has filed a bill to make that happen. Under the bill, it would be illegal to smoke with a child in the car.

Smoking with a minor in a vehicle would be a secondary offense. That means you would need to be pulled over for something else before getting a ticket for smoking.

McBurney said it'd be a non-moving violation, with a fine of around $30.

"The whole idea behind this legislation is not to be punitive," said McBurney. "It's to protect the children number one, and it's to provide education number two."

Smokers we spoke with have mixed feelings about the proposal. Edward Cook has a 4 year old daughter, and has been smoking for years.

"I feel like it'd be big brotherish," Cook said.

"Plenty of people smoke with their child in the car, as long as you roll the windows down," he added.

Other smokers told First Coast News keeping children is the most important thing.

"The basic responsibility is for the child, so if that's for the child's safety, then I would fully support it," said Richard Ely.

The bill will be discussed during the next legislative session. If approved, it would become effective Oct. 1st, 2014.

First Coast News

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