SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state senators have signed off on a bill to make smoking in a vehicle with children a traffic violation.
There are already similar laws to protect minors from secondhand smoke in motor vehicles in four states, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. Current Oregon law prohibits smoking in cars that transport foster children.
Under the current proposal, smoking in cars with minors would be a violation enforceable only as a secondary offense, meaning that law enforcement officers would need to initially stop a vehicle for a separate traffic offense.
The bill now heads to the Oregon House of Representatives.