Today is the day that Nanny's daft and unenforceable law, banning banning smoking in vehicles carrying kids, has come into force in England and Wales.
Whenever an under-18 is in the car, smokers will be liable even if the windows are down or sunroof open.
However, the law will not apply to people who are driving in a convertible which has the roof down.
In Scotland you are still able, thusfar, to smoke like a chimney in your car with kids.
Suffice to say this law is daft on so many fronts, not least the enforceability aspect; given that the police can't even manage to do their normal duties of catching criminals.
The BBC quotes Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation, who said it would be "extremely challenging" to enforce the ban.
"The reality of the situation is we are struggling to attend burglaries.Mick Creedon, chief constable of Derbyshire Police, said:
Should we be focusing on people smoking in cars with children in the cars or should we be focusing on burglaries?"
"Mobiles, drink driving, speeding, no seatbelts - we know these contribute to fatalities on the road.Yet another law introduced by Nanny that will be ignored by both the public and the police!
Smoking in a car doesn't bring the same danger on the roads. It's a public health issue."
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