Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Let's be like England!

“Police roadblocks are being set up to catch drivers who are breaking the law – by smoking at the wheel of their company vehicle.

“Chris Kitchen, acting head of environmental services at Tendring District Council in Essex said: ‘Police together with council officers will be stopping business vehicles and public transport vehicles on the highway.

"’We have noticed that people are smoking in commercial vehicles where in fact it's banned and we will be looking for evidence that people have been smoking.’

“He added: ‘We will be looking for ashtrays and whether the vehicle smells of smoke.’

“Ian Wilkins, environmental officer at Tendring District Council, explained that the scheme was intended to raise awareness of the law.

“Anyone caught breaking the law faces a £50 fixed penalty fine or a possible court conviction, which carries a £200 fine.

“The culprits’ employers will also be informed and also be heavily fined.”

I stopped smoking on Aug. 15, 2010, from age 19, seven years of cigarettes and thirty-eight years of smoking a pipe. Anybody who wants to smoke and is of legal age to buy tobacco, go ahead on. It’s a right of decision and not against the law, beginning at a specific age set by individual states. Most cities and incorporated towns have laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, parks, municipal buildings and in many towns, all buildings within the city limits. Those laws exceed municipal authority, except in city buildings, vehicles and city-owned parks. Governments and anti-smoking groups, as well as most citizens, claim tobacco use is a health threat to all persons. The decision ought to be rather simple: If a business allows smoking, and you are opposed to smoking, don’t go there. The idea of police road blocks to check whether drivers and/or passengers have been smoking is rather startling.

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