Bill: Cops could warn smokers in cars with kids

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislation in the Rhode Island Senate would allow police to issue warnings to drivers who are seen smoking in a vehicle containing a young child.

The proposal, which is scheduled to be reviewed Thursday in a Senate committee, would only apply when a police officer has already pulled over the vehicle for another purpose.

It would allow an officer to issue a verbal warning about secondhand smoke to a driver or adult passenger who is smoking in a vehicle containing any child subject to child safety restraint rules — generally children seven years old and younger.

The bill is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Susan Sosnowski. It has not been scheduled for a vote.

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