There are many reasons why you should not smoke in a car. Passive smoking in such an enclosed space can be very damaging for passengers, and smoking cigarettes whilst driving can dilute the amount of attention being paid to the road. Smoking in vehicles used for work has been banned for a number of years. Some research says the levels of smoke in cars is around the same as that of pubs before the 2007 smoking ban. Efforts are still being made to change smokers’ attitudes towards lighting up in cars.
Why you shouldn’t smoke in a car – A major cause of distractions
If you smoke in a car with under-18s in, you are breaking the law. Smoking in cars with children present was banned in 2015 in England and Wales, which those flouting the ban facing penalties of £50. Even if sunroofs are open or windows are down, the law still applies. The Scottish Parliament voted to bring in a similar ban. The ban on smoking in cars with children present was branded as a landmark in protecting children from smoke. Though the law doesn’t cover e-cigarettes, little is yet known about the long-term effects of vaping, and it’s arguable that vaping could also cause dangerous distractions. Drivers are clearly more likely to have accidents if they don’t have both hands free, whether they are smoking or vaping. It’s said that over one-fifth of road traffic accidents are caused by drivers not using both their hands.
Getting things started
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can assist you if you have been in a road accident that wasn’t your fault. You will normally need to make your claim within three years of the accident occurring. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Having worked on thousands of road accident claim cases since we were founded over 15 years ago, we’re perfectly positioned to provide you with all the high-quality legal assistance you require. We do ask you to keep hold of any evidence related to your claim so we can make it as strong as possible. Please don’t throw away any relevant medical documents, photographs or witness contact details as these could prove to be worth their weight in gold.
Have you been injured after someone decided to smoke in a car and became distracted? Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to learn more.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice