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.
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.
These legislators slay me. His father died of emphysema, so he's seeking to change how we drive. That makes perfect sense.
Let me say, I hate when people throw their butts out the car window with little regard to who might be behind them. But if you're going to outlaw smoking and cell phones, you must also do something about food, radios and passengers as well. Point is, leave us alone, huh?
Thanks to Lori for pointing out the story. She just wanted to see me get pissed.