Senate Gives Initial OK To Vehicle Smoking Ban

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland residents would not be able to smoke in a vehicle with a passenger younger than 8, under a measure that has received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

The Senate blocked two amendments Monday night that were offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, R-Anne Arundel.

Reilly tried to change the bill so a violation of the law would be a secondary, rather than a primary, offense. As a primary
offense, a police officer would be able to pull someone over for the offense.

Senators also shot down an amendment that would have prevented a child from riding in a vehicle in which someone had smoked at all.

Supporters of the measure as it currently stands say it is needed to protect children from second-hand smoke.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


    My God! This state is become more Communist by the minute! I don’t smoke, but this is getting very scary. Democrats are starting to scare me more than the republicans.

  • RustysChaos

    DEMOCRATIC republic of Maryland

  • Agenda 21

    “To protect the children” thank you overlords, please continue your quest towards good intentions. Me thinks “The children” will soon need protection from you.

  • Karol

    I think the state officials should tend the business of the state. If they spent as much time doing the job they were hired to do, they would not have time to interfer in our personal lives. No one is to blame for this but the people that voted these little demi god hypocrites back into office.

  • tony

    F… you maryland , that’s all .

  • just a oppion

    It is becoming a dictatorship!! Government wanting to control everything and anything, tax the people to the point they can’t live, if they are lucky the might be able to survive even tho it may mean being on the street.

    Maryland, once the “Land of the Free” now is becoming the Land of Dictatorship and tax you out of existence.

  • David Ault

    A primary offense. The police won’t be able to go after real crimes.

  • Debbie

    This will be about as enforcable as the cell phone laws. As you drive down the road we all know how well those work. Our idiot officials should be working on the overspending and overtaxation instead of this kind of “big brother” item.
    Then they will say they need to extend the session because they wasted time on controlling our personal lives. This kind of folly will tie up the court system and the police who certainly with our crime rates have better things to do.
    Obviously our officials don’t want to represent the people they want to CONTROL the people. Remember that at election time.

  • concerned citizen

    It’s all about money.

  • SpecialEd

    If a kid has a parent that smokes, does it really make a difference if the parent can’t smoke in the car.

    I think this law is going to lead to more accidents because when little Joey in the backseat starts carrying on a fit and mom can’t calm herself down with a cigarette, she is going to be one hyper-stressed, niccotine-fiending, road-raging crazy woman

  • rj

    Drug deals going on in just about every corner in baltimore city . kids living below poverty lev shooting each other etc but let arest mom or dad for smoking a cig in the car they PAID FOR ! Yeah i say that will help

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