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March 17, 2011

Parents can keep puffing with child in car

Parents can puff away in peace after the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee rejected a bill Thursday that would have prohibited adults from smoking in a car in which a young child is a passenger.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jennie Forehand, D-Montgomery, would have imposed a $50 fine on motorists caught smoking tobacco -- or letting a passenger do so -- in a vehicle occupied by a child under 8 years old.

Proponents contended such smoking in a confined space is a health hazard for children.

 

Posted by Michael Dresser at 6:48 PM |
Categories: On the roads
        
About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
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