POLICE are continuing to crack down on people who smoke with children in their vehicle after a 46-year-old woman was fined at 2.20pm on Monday in Bathurst Road.
The woman, who was driving the vehicle, and her male passenger, were both fined for smoking in the car that contained two children aged four and six years old.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bruce Grassick said the public health tobacco act had been in place since 2008 making it an offence smoke in a car occupied by a child under 16.
“It’s not uncommon to issue an infringement notice for this,” Inspector Grassick said.
“Regardless of whether the act is in place or not, people need to be mindful of their children’s health.”
Highway patrol supervisor for the western region Sergeant Brett Davies said highway patrol police were aware of the “significant” health risks associated with passive smoking in vehicles.
“It’s really to protect children who don’t have a choice, it’s not fair,” Sergeant Davies said.
“It [the act] gives children a voice.”
Sergeant Davies said it was important to educate the public about the implications of smoking in a vehicle with children.
The woman was also fined for allowing the children to travel unrestrained in the back seat, having a cracked windscreen and towing an unregistered trailer.