Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter
Trenton, NJ (AHN) - The New Jersey legislature considers a measure that would ban smoking while driving.
Despite the long odds of actually passing the bill, smokers are still angry. Opponents argue it is a Big Brother intrusion threatening to take away one of the few places where they can smoke freely.
Cigars, pipes and cigarettes would be prohibited for drivers. The bill's sponsor says violators could be fined up to $250, adding it is designed more to improve highway safety than protect health.
Some states, including New Jersey, have considered outlawing smoking while children are in the car. But, none have gone for an outright ban on smoking while driving.
Assemblyman John McKeon, a tobacco opponent whose father died of emphysema, is sponsoring the legislation. He cites a AAA-sponsored study on driver distractions which found 32,000 accidents linked to distraction, 1-percent were related to smoking.
Owwwww that big ol' one percent will make an enormous difference I'm sure. Here is what the President of the US Marijuana Party has to say about this.....KISS MY ASS....and you can quote me on that!!