After I trashed a proposed bill this morning on FOX-CT that would prohibit smoking in a car with a kid age 6 or under, I ran into its sponsor, Rep. Henry Genga of East Hartford, over at the capitol.
He’s got a point. It’s like requiring car seats.
AN ACT PROHIBITING SMOKING IN MOTOR VEHICLES WITH MINOR CHILDREN.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That the general statutes be amended to: (1) Prohibit any person from smoking in a motor vehicle when there is a child six years of age or younger or weighing less than sixty pounds and required under subsection (d) of section 14-100a of the general statutes to be secured in a child restraint system in such vehicle; (2) create a rebuttable presumption that a person who holds a cigarette, cigar, pipe or similar device to, or in the immediate proximity of, his or her mouth while such vehicle is in motion or at rest is presumed to be smoking; (3) establish that any person found in violation of such prohibition shall be deemed to have committed an infraction, unless such person is found in violation of such prohibition for the first time during the first year after the effective date of this act; and (4) establish that any person found in violation of such prohibition for the first time during the first year after the effective date of this act shall be issued a warning.