One of the new laws that went into effect January 1st in California is one you'd better remember, both for your children's sake and your wallet: the CHP says it will not offer a grace period. Moving or stopped, you can no longer smoke in the same car as a minor, whether you are the driver or a passenger.
The "Smoke-Free Cars with Minors" law carries a $100 fine, but it will be a secondary offense, meaning officers cannot pull a car over strictly for smoking; there has to be another infraction involved before the car can be pulled over.
"Passengers, especially youth, are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic air contaminants when someone is smoking in a car," Paul Knepprath, vice president for government relations for the American Lung Association of California, said in a statement.
Arkansas and Louisiana have similar laws.