The House passed a bill allowing officers to ticket smokers, but they must be pulled over for another offense. Lane County Public Health administrators say this law will help protect children who can’t protect themselves.
“There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, and we know that from studies that the level of secondhand smoke in a car can be 27 times higher than in a home,” said Christy Inskip, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.
A second violation could cost as much as $500.
The bill now moves to the governor’s desk who has said he would sign it.