Recently-introduced legislation would fine motorists who are caught smoking in a vehicle if any passenger is under 18.
Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 2659, which would prohibit any person from smoking tobacco, or anything else, while any minors are in the vehicle.
“Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said.
It would not be a primary offense, meaning police would not be able to pull over a driver simply because of the smoking violation.
Violations would be considered a petty offense with a maximum fine of $100.
The bill was introduced January 21, 2014.