Smoking with child in the back seat of your car can now cost you a lot of money. As a matter of fact, there are new reports that indicate the Virginia Beach Police Department has been passing out $100 fines like hot cakes to parents who get caught smoking with a child in their vehicle.
While a lot of people are applauding this new initiative, others think that it’s a violation of their rights. Why? Because they believe that smoking with a child in your car is no different than ordering them fast good, letting them watch television for endless hours each day or worse, feeding them one candy bar after another. In other words, all of these things are awful and unhealthy for our children, but we let them do it anyway (on occasion).
So, shouldn’t we be fined for all of our other bad parenting decisions? That’s what critics are asking, as they think this law is borderline nanny state. But then again, parents should know better than to smoke cigarettes with a small child near them? I mean, it’s not like they are asking to inhale all of that smoke! Here’s what you need to know.