Act 13 forbids smoking in vehicles with kids under 6
HARRISON -- A new act prohibits people from smoking in a motor vehicle if it is carrying children under six years old as passengers.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a news release. Even brief exposure can be harmful to a child, and that's why Act 13 has been put into place, the release said.
According to Act 13, smoking is now prohibited in all motor vehicles carrying a child less then six years of age and weighing less than 60 pounds. The child should be restrained by a child passenger safety seat in accordance with the law as well.
Violating Act 13 law is a primary offense.
A vehicle can be pulled over and the driver cited for this infraction alone.
Any first offender that proves they have entered a smoking cessation program may have his/her fine voided.