Vermont police department issues first car-smoking ticket

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ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) - A Vermont police department says it has issued its first ticket to a driver who was smoking with a child in his car.

St. Johnsbury Police say a civil ticket that included a $162 fine was issued last week to 32-year-old Daniel Berube after his car was stopped July 19 for having a defective muffler.

The Caledonian Record reports Officer Steve Hartwell found Berube smoking a cigarette in the drivers' seat with a toddler in a car-seat in the back.

Hartwell said Berube told him he knew of the new law, but didn't know if it was in force yet.

On July 1, Vermont enacted a law that prohibits smoking in cars carrying children under age 8.

No phone number could be found for Berube.


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