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Ban smoking in cars
I CONFESS to having the occasional smoke in designated areas and not within the confines of my home, but a complete ban across the board is not practical.
However, I would concur with recent announcements by the Health Minister proposing a complete ban on smoking in any vehicle.
First there are the obvious health issues, especially regarding children locked into a confined space for any length of time.
Also, having dealt with many road accidents in past years, one of the contributing factors which caused the driver to be distracted, thereby causing an accident, turned out to be the driver and/or front seat passenger accidentally depositing a lighted cigarette into their laps or temporarily blinded by cigarette ash, thereby the driver losing control of vehicle – hence the accident, Although this is not to overlook drink and drugs.
For any driver on the long haul there are many opportunities for the smoker, including mobile phone users, to use facilities at service stations or lay-bys.
Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.