You would think that Louisiana has a lot on its plate right now. I mean they are heading into hurricane season and they still haven’t recovered from Katrina. Forget the levees and FEMA mobile home lots, a more pressing matter is ticketing drivers who smoke in a car in which children under 12 are passengers. House Bill 1010, introduced by Gary Smith of Norco, was signed by Governor
Blameco er, Blanco. Violation of the new legislation, which goes into effect August 15th, would result in a fine of up $150 or a minumum of 24 hours community service.
I know Norco well. It is in the parish I grew up in. St. Charles Parish is a laid back, drink beer on the porch (or a bass boat) with your neighbor kind of place. I can’t imagine how Mr. Smith thought up this horseshit. With Shell Norco burping out toxins all day long, I wonder how a little second hand smoke became even a blip on the radar of the nanny state. (I should mention that I am not implying that Shell is guilty of any wrongdoing.) This is either an attempt to wriggle into people’s homes (for the sake of the children) or an attempt to give an officer cause to pull over more vehicles for reasons much worse than I care to imagine right now.
Whatever the motivation, the law is shit. Now, if you will excuse me, I must go call the smokers in my family. They don’t have long to change their habits and somehow I just don’t see Dad doing community service.