Will police ignore new laws making it illegal for adults to smoke in cars with young children
Starting today a new law has been put in place to ban adults smoking in cars with young children as passengers. Police can now pull over offenders and issue them with a £50 on the spot fine. However, some police bosses have said they will turn a blind eye to the offence, they are opting to educate offenders rather than fine them.
It is thought that at least 3 million children are exposed to cigarette smoke in the car. People worry that this number may not decrease if officers do not enforce the law. A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said: ‘Forces will be following guidance from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health by taking an educational, advisory and non-confrontational approach.’
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