ILLINOIS — If you think the cost of smoking has gone through the roof there is another cost you may have to pay for your smoking habit especially if you drive with anyone under the age of 18.
This past Friday, effective immediately, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 2276 which says that a person shall not smoke in a motor vehicle containing a person under 18 years of age, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion, at rest, or has its windows down.
House Bill 2276 defines smoking as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant, regulated narcotic, or other combustible substance.
The bill says that a police officer may not stop a motor vehicle solely for a violation of the Section.
House Bill 2276 provides that a violation is a petty offense with a maximum fine of $100 and that, for a second or subsequent offense, the fine is not to exceed $250.
According to the Governor’s office, the law goes into effect immediately.