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Smoking Restricted on Illinois Roads

Drivers in Illinois are being forced to curb their smoking habit with children in the car or to face a fine if they’re caught lighting up. A new law makes it illegal to smoke in the presence of minors when travelling the state’s roadways. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation last week that will cover passengers, too, when it takes effect on January 1, 2020.

While drivers can’t be stopped outright for violating the statute, they’ll be penalized if they of their passengers are found to be smoking with those under 18 in their vehicles when pulled over for a moving violation. The law calls for a $100 ticket for first offenders and fines of $150 for each subsequent violation. Last month, a ban on texting behind the wheel went into effect in the state.