• Feb 20, 2007

Even though the majority of European Union nations have cracked down on smoking in public places, in Germany you can still smoke inside restaurants and bars. However, one place where smoking rules may change in Germany is inside your own car. German officials are currently studying whether it would be possible to restrict automotive smoking to curb the danger of second hand smoke, which is amplified inside the tight confines of an automobile. Besides second hand smoke for passengers, smoking in the car may also prove to be a distraction that can lead to traffic-safety issues as well. While a ban on smoking inside your own car may seem like a gross invasion of personal rights, any place where freeways are sometimes without speed limits could do with as few distractions as possible.

[Source: Drive.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago

      I think that is a good idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they just ban the production of cigarettes worldwide if it's such a danger to the public?

      Governments' priorities are misplaced.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ' I for one welcome our new nanny overlords.'

      ROTFL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well in Canada they are thinking of passing a law to make it illegal to smoke in a car if you have a child under 18 in the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chermans are shmarten. Keep smoking in bars and restaurants, but not in your car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I always get a kick out of people that think driving is some sort of constitutionally guaranteed right to do whatever you want on the road regardless of the effects to your fellow road mates. In the US it's still a privilege gained by passing a few insanely easy tests and forking over 20 or 30 bucks. In countries like Germany, they take driving a little more seriously, requiring upwards of 1000 euros for beginner drivers to get licenses. It makes sense that they would look to reducing driver distractions in a system that stresses following the rules in order to keep the roads safe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't they have enough laws already?
      When will these people retaliate?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't smoke, so I wouldn't mind a law like that, but aside from that, it does make sense. Not because the second-hand smoke argument, but because of the distraction factor... keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of cars here are stick-shifts, for which you absolutely need both hands to drive safely. Same as cellphones, use of those in the car is banned too... and nobody argues that this improves road safety, right?
      As for those who call it hypocrisy because smoking in bars and restaurants is allowed, a few things: Firstly, although it's allowed, you'll find that smoking actually is forbidden in a lot of restaurants regardless, secondly, banning it from these places has been discussed for decades now, but with little success since the state makes a lot of money from tobacco taxes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And while your down there dont forget to pick up my butts, thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob, I think you mean "God Bless America, except California." Don't, or didn't they pass a law like this too?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd rather the eco-nazis ban farting or wearing strong perfume in cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you put the window down an inch, every trace of smoke and smell is sucked outside. so that's not an issue. Is it a distraction? No more than talking.

      This proposal can't be taken seriously. It must be considered a tyrannical harrassment of smokers, but fortunately it's unenforceable. It's easy enough to keep an eye out for the cops.
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