The Senate today passed a bill to prohibit smoking in a vehicle when a child under 15 is present.
Senators voted 30-10 for the bill, which now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. All Democrats — including Manassas Park and Manassas Sen. Charles J. Colgan— supported the bill, along with half of the Senate Republicans.
Under Senate Bill 975, proposed by Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Virginia Beach and Norfolk), people who violate the proposed law would face a civil penalty of $100.
Have you ever run into a law that you know is for the good but you also feel goes overboard? My common sense tells me this is a good law and that I should hope it passes. My old smoking self jumps into over-drive and starts thinking about those long car trips and how the kids would just have to stay home.
Other bills are proposed that restrict where people can smoke. One involves health care facilities and another would restrict smoking in parks and beaches.
Actually, the question should be is the state getting ready to really over step its boundaries? In your own car, don’t you have a right to smoke it up if you want to? Cigarettes are a legal substance. Those same kids can go right into the house and breath the same smoke. This really isn’t an issue about driving, therefore I question if the bill should pass.
I have very mixed feelings. How about you all? I can play devils advocate on this one regardless.