OPP reminding drivers about smoking in vehicles with passengers under 16 years of age


(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment want to remind all vehicle operators that it is against the law smoke in a motor vehicle where the occupants are 16 years or younger under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

The OPP were contacted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m. by a concerned citizen after observing a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore at approximately 12:00 p.m. The driver was observed smoking inside the vehicle with two small children in the rear seats.

Effective January 21, 2009, Ontarians cannot smoke in motor vehicles with passengers under 16. Under the law, a driver or passenger smoking in a motor vehicle, while someone else under the age of 16 is present, is committing an offence, and can be fined $125. Second-hand smoke in motor vehicles can be up to 27 times more concentrated than in a smoker’s home.

“Drivers often take extra care to protect children in vehicles; having smoke-free cars should be part of that protection.” comments Staff Sergeant Joe Varga, Norfolk County OPP Operations Manager.