Thursday, March 29, 2007

Legal Remedy Overload

California is set to ban smoking in cars. The bill "would make it an infraction punishable by a fine of $100 to smoke a cigarette, cigar or pipe in a vehicle containing anyone under 18."  I think we can all agree that we shouldn't expose children (or anyone else) to secondhand smoke.  But should this be a law that distracts police officers from other duties?  Or should this be a common sense practice and an educational issue?

In addition, aren't there things that are worse for children and worthy of a legal remedy?  What about the obesity crisis?  Shouldn't we fine those over 18 $100 for taking their kids to a fast-food restaurant?  Or how about fining those folks $100 for buying candy bars or soda for their kids?

Who knows where this can lead. 

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