The state of New Jersey now wants to ban smoking in your own car. Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange) introduced legislation which would prohibit smoking while driving.
McKeon, an anti-tobacco activist, cites a report from AAA which stated that one percent of 32,000 driver-distraction accidents were related to smoking.
In case math isn’t your strongest subject, that’s 320 accidents nationwide. How about the other 31,640 accidents?
Besides being completely stupid legislation, we already have laws against reckless and negligent driving. This law isn’t needed. And however you feel about smoking yourself, everyone has the right to smoke while sitting alone in their car. Just make a law that says you have to pay attention while driving, and be done with it.
Oh, wait, this is New Jersey, where nobody can drive, where people drive through red lights and stop at green lights–
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