SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois House has approved a measure which would ban people from smoking in vehicles transporting children.
House Bill 2276 would fine motorists $100 to $250 for smoking in a car with minors present, with the fine increasing depending on how many times the offender has violated the law.
State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook) said the bill seeks to reduce the harmful effects of second-hand smoke to kids.
“I want to protect young people from the negative effects of second-hand smoke as much as possible,” Carroll said. “My bill that bans people from smoking in cars while children are present is one step toward accomplishing that goal.”
The bill now moves to the Senate.