Ark. Law Bans Smoking With Kids In Car

Smoking with young children in the car can be dangerous to their health, and in Arkansas it’s also against the law.

The law was passed in 2008, one reason why some smokers 40/29 talked with had no idea it even exists.

Fayetteville resident R.L. Jackson said, “I’ve never heard of the law before.”

Jackson has been a smoker for a long time, and was raised in a smoking environment himself.

“I grew up with a father smoking and I had no problems,” Jackson said.

Still, he was happy to hear about the law that bans drivers from smoking if children under the age of 6, or those that weigh less than 60 pounds are in the car.

Sgt. Kurt Eichel from the Elm Springs Police Department said, “If the officer walks up to the vehicle and sees a child that meets those requirements and you’re smoking, that’s illegal.”

Eichel said it’s a fairly rare citation, though he did issue one just the other day.

“The ticket we wrote the other day was one of the first ones we’ve seen in quite a while,” Eichel said.

Though not everyone 40/29 talked with thought police should be cracking down on smokers that hard.

Smoker Joseph Rodriguez said, “I do think it’s kind of unfair if someone is ticketed. I think a warning would be in order.”

Rodriguez said police should give smokers like him a little leeway when it comes to the law, just because it is still so new and relatively unknown.

This law is a secondary offense, meaning you can only be cited for it if you are pulled over for something else, like running a red light or speeding.

Drivers caught breaking the law face a $25 fine.

source: www.4029tv.com

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