MI lawmaker wants to make it illegal to smoke in a car containing minors

Oct 25, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A lawmaker wants to limit the use of tobacco products in motor vehicles in Michigan when children are present. 

Representative Sam Singh

Legislation announced Wednesday by Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing would make it illegal for any tobacco product to be lit in a vehicle when a person under the age of 18 is inside.

As proposed, a violation could result in a $500 fine.  Singh says he wants a yearlong grace period so people can get used to the change.

Singh tells Mlive.com that the bill would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to make smoking in the presence of a minor a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over a motorist if they spot a violation.  

A number of other states have similar laws.