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Proposed law would make it illegal for Hoosiers to smoke in their vehicle with a child

Posted: 6:30 AM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 11:30:18Z
REPORT: Over 20% of Hoosiers are regular smokers

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in your own vehicle if you have a small child with you.

The bill, introduced by State Senators Jim Merritt (R) and Eddie Melton (D), would require anyone convicted of smoking in a motor vehicle with a child that was 6 years old or younger to pay up to a $1,000 fine.

The fine would get bumped up to $10,000 after your fourth offense in a 12-month period.

If passed, Indiana would be the 10th state to establish a similar law.

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, the other nine states include: