A few senators are just squeamish about it, and at least one believes it simply won't be enforced even if it does pass the House, but a ban on smoking in vehicles with young children was given final approval in an 18-10 vote Tuesday in the Senate.
Proponents agreed with SB14 sponsor, Sen. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake, and his overarching assertion that the health risk to children riding in cars with a smoking adult is too great not to make it against the law.
The law would apply to a vehicle with children 5 years old and younger. It would be a secondary offense, meaning that an officer could not pull a person over for smoking with children in the car unless there was a moving violation. Additionally, the $45 fine could be waived if the smoker enrolled in a smoking cessation class.