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IN an ideal world those addicted to smoking would not do so in a car when young children are present.

The intention of Alex Cunningham MP to make this happen is laudable and he has waged a successful campaign in Parliament.

I am sure that he will realise that now there is a majority vote in the House of Commons to support a law banning smoking in cars with children present has yet to be implemented and obstacles will have to be overcome.

It would be an additional task for the highway police. Their supervision of drivers on the road are related to road safety and the safety of passengers and drivers to injury.

I think here mainly about seat belts. Drivers are not expected to be using mobile phones.

The implementation as law on smoking with children present will require them to see if children are in cars, if so, pull drivers to the side and check that nobody is smoking. We'll have breath tests for nicotine as well as alcohol.

Any Government will have real difficulty framing a law to make this good intention possible. I am reminded of my late mothers comment that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

GEOFFREY BULMER, Billingham
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2014
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