Gone are the days when you could freely expose your children to secondhand smoke, or at least that’s what Ohio-State Senator Charleta Tavares of Columbus is hoping for.
The Senator is proposing a ban that would prohibit people from smoking cigarettes in their car with a child in the back seat. FOX8 reports that Tavares wants Senate Bill 130 to be a primary offense — meaning officers can pull over anyone without any other reason and fine them $500 if the child is under 6 years old.
Senator Tavares told FOX8, “We have had some calls and emails of individuals who think we’re taking away their freedoms. I certainly believe in the freedom of all Americans. But when your freedom impacts the safety of infants and babies, you have no choice. That’s when your rights are limited.”
If the bill passes, Ohio would join other states like Maine, Louisiana and California who already have similar smoking bans in place for kids under 17.
Tavares reportedly hopes the Senate Bill 130 becomes law in less than two years.
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