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RI Senate Passes Bill Allowing Police To Give Verbal Warning to Those Smoking with Child in Car (2 Earned Media: Rhode Island General Assembly Press Release; Patch.Com)

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Rhode Island’s Senate passed a bill 35-0 that allows for police officers to provide a verbal warning to an individual who is smoking in a vehicle containing a restrained child. Police can notify the smoker about the dangers of smoking with the child in the car, but they cannot stop or search a motor vehicle based solely on the individual’s decision to smoke with a child in the car.  GASP is referenced in the March 13, 2104 Rhode Island General Assembly’s press release. Read the March 17, 2014 news article at The Patch (Rhode Island)

Read more on GASP’s white paper about protecting children in vehicles.