SPRINGFIELD — Illinois drivers who smoke while kids are in their car could get slapped with fines under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate.
The measure would make it a crime to smoke in a vehicle where a minor is present, punishable by a fine of up to $100.
Police wouldn't be allowed to stop drivers for this offense alone, but they could ticket drivers for it if they're caught committing some other punishable offense.
The initiative, sponsored by state Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, is not the first time Illinois lawmakers have tried to ban smoking in vehicles.
In 2010, legislators attempted to pass a measure that would ban smoking in a car with anyone under the age of 8. It carried a penalty of $1,500 in fines and up to a month in jail.
Last year, lawmakers passed a resolution urging Illinois drivers not to smoke with children in the car.
If the legislation becomes law, it would make Illinois the sixth state in the nation to enforce such a ban.
The legislation is Senate Bill 2659.