Illinois drivers could soon face fines for smoking around children

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Illinois drivers will soon be under stricter driving conditions in order to protect children.

A bill that just passed both houses will charge adults for lighting a cigarette with kids in the car. The bill is targeted to protect children under 18, but it doesn’t just include cigarettes. Cigars, marijuana and pipes are also prohibited. It doesn’t matter if the car has stopped or the windows are down. Some parents say they think the bill is fair.

“I believe that children should not be exposed to cigarette smoke and that it’s terrible that people are smoking in that close proximity. The fact that we need to have a law seems silly because they really frankly shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Illinois parent Casey Ryan-Mahomet said.

Maximum fines for a first time offender would be 100 dollars. If you do it again, it could cost you 250 dollars

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