Proposed law would turn cars into non-smoking sections

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to ban smoking inside cars when children are present should come up for debate in Olympia this session.

Drivers would not be able to smoke if children under the age of 18 were in the car.  Health advocates say children are at higher risk for health problems when they are in cars with cigarette smoke.
 
It would be a secondary offense, meaning a driver could not be pulled over for smoking in the car.  They would only receive a ticket if they were stopped for another violation.
"I'm totally for it," said smoker Angie Phelps, "I don't want to smoke around kids."
 
Some smokers told KING 5 News the government has done enough to ban smoking in public places.
 
Non-smoker Carol Veness, from Yelm, wondered if the government should be involved in what people do in their cars.
 
"There's a law for everything, I'm not sure you need a law," said Veness.
 
Last year Seattle Senator Scott White, proposed the legislation. It never reached a vote.  White died late last year. 
 
The Democrat's name still appears on the bill. 
 
Bill co-sponsor Sen. Paul Shinn (D-Lynnwood) said the issue was a passion for White and Shinn thinks that could help pass the bill this session. 

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