There oughtta be a traffic law…

If lawmakers can hold contests with constituents called, "There ought to be a law," then Street Smarts can, too. Tell me what traffic laws you think should be on the books and I'll publish them in Monday's upcoming print version in The Sentinel. Here’s my offering: There ought to be a law that requires cigarette smokers to drive with their windows up when they are puffing away on a cigarette. When it’s sunny and warm, I enjoy rolling down my car windows and enjoying Mother Nature’s breeze. But when a smoker is nearby, I have to roll my windows up and turn on the air conditioning with my cabin vents closed so that I may be able to breathe. I've got all winter to ride around with my windows up. Let me enjoy the breeze, please. Also, when smokers have their windows down, they tend to flick ashes out the window, as well as toss their spent butts from their vehicle. That’s scary considering the fires we’ve had and the drought we’re in. My theory is, if smokers had to keep their vehicle windows up, the air outside would be cleaner and there would be less fire danger. Make them breathe their own second-hand smoke, dagnabbit. Below are laws that already are on the books regarding cigarettes, cigars, etc., as posted on Health and Safety Code 118948. (a) It is unlawful for a person to smoke a pipe, cigar, or cigarette in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, in which there is a minor. (b) For the purposes of this section, “to smoke” means to have in one’s immediate possession a lighted pipe, cigar, or cigarette containing tobacco or any other plant. (c) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation. (Added Sec. 1, Ch. 425, Stats. 2007. Effective January 1, 2008.) Throwing Substances on Highways or Adjoining Areas 23111. No person in any vehicle and no pedestrian shall throw or discharge from or upon any road or highway or adjoining area, public or private, any lighted or non-lighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any flaming or glowing substance. This section shall be known as the Paul Buzzo Act. Amended Ch. 1548, Stats. 1970. Effective November 23, 1970. Did you know... The fine is $1000 for littering on the roadside. If caught, you may be forced to pick up what you threw away. What's more, littering convictions show on your driving record. Also, did you know that cigarette butts take one to five years to decompose? Please, don't litter.
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