Driving While Smoking Banned

Posted In India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 With 0 Comments

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If any of you is unaware of banned smoking while driving on Delhi’s road then here is the news for you:

New Delhi is the first city in the world that prohibits any smoking while driving.

Delhi has banned cigarette smoking in cars, along with cell phone use, because using either product can be distracting while driving. It carries a fine of 1,500 rupees, a hefty fine by local standards. Offenders caught more than five times would have their license revoked.
According to a study, automobile accidents are caused not only by the distractions of smoking itself — including finding and lighting the cigarette — but also when a hot ash or a lit cigarette suddenly falls into the driver’s lap or other area of his car. All too often, the smoking driver panics because of a fear of a burn or fire, and desperately tries to locate and then put out the ignition source without first pulling over.

A ban on smoking in cars is hardly unprecedented noting that two states and several cities already prohibit the practice when children are present. Moreover, about a dozen states prohibit smoking when foster children are in the car, and in several dozen states judges have issued thousands of orders prohibiting smoking in cars when children are present to protect youngsters involved in custody disputes.

At a time when many commuters cannot smoke because they ride in car pools or use public transport, when smokers traveling long distances frequently cannot smoke for long periods of time while flying, and where more and more jurisdictions are banning smoking outdoors including even on sidewalks, a ban on smoking while driving doesn’t seem as unreasonable as it once might.

Read more at: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)