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The latest foray into the realms of trivia by our political class, is to ban smoking in cars which have children in them; fair enough on the face of it, and certainly not a good thing for kids. However, just who do they expect to actually enforce yet another lifestyle law?  Is it the same Police who are supposed to be enforcing a ban on using mobile phones whilst driving - cos that just ain't happening. 

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I agree Obs and no idea how it could be enforced.  Would be great if the fire brigade did it with their hose jets though :wink:

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Will work about as well as the smoking ban in the houses of parliament, oh wait they haven't got one there have they. :twisted:

 

Just wait until they get rid of the tax disks for cars then there will be fun and games, be more cloned number plates on the road than legitimate ones.

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The fact that something is difficult to enforce is not a reason for not doing it. Murder is against the law but nobody suggests that it be made legal simply because it has proved difficult to stop people doing it!

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What about cars where the rear windows are completely blacked out? If a cop sees the driver smoking would he be entitled to stop the car because he can't see if there are kids in the back?? :)

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Think Horace, we're into the realms of priorities and police resources.  Murder tends rightly to be a priority, plus they're tied up with 40yr old rape allegations etc; so smoking or texting while driving is way down the list of priorities.

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I  thought it was already illegal to smoke with kids in the car. I am surprised that nobody has been prosecuted for smoking under the "hand held device" law  which the police can use for phones & CB sets .

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You are right Davy. Not only is smoking in a car hazardous because of the "hand held device" but also because of the possibility of getting smoke in the driver's eyes - particularly if it is the driver who is smoking.

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In that case changing gear in a car could come under the "hand held device". not a problem for me though as mine is an automatic. :twisted: :twisted:

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I think it was during the same debate in the Lords, that one of the geriatrics that was awake, (thus earning his £300 per day); launched into a tirade against drivers who discard litter from their cars whilst driving.  Fair enough, not something to applaud, but hardly a pressing matter of State;  these kind of issues could be dealt with by local Councils, perhaps giving them an opportunity to top up revenue by enforcement with fines?!

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Surely people who throw litter from cars should be applauded for providing work for litter pickers? :)

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