Is it illegal to smoke and drive?

January 15, 2019

 

Smoking while driving itself is not illegal, but just like eating and drinking, if it causes distraction behind the wheel you could face a charge of careless driving.

If you’re travelling with passengers aged under 18 though, it is illegal to smoke in the car following recent changes to the law that seek to protect children from second-hand smoke.  

While health campaigners welcomed the legislation, in 2016 it was uncovered in a Freedom of Information request that the law is not being enforced by the majority of police forces.

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