Cigarette smoking lands New Square man in court

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RAMAPO -

A New Square man was ordered to appear in court for being caught smoking a cigarette with kids in the car.

Ramapo police pulled over the driver along West Eckerson Road for driving without headlights. But they wound up citing the 73-year-old for subjecting children to cigarette smoke. Police say smoke billowed from the car when the driver rolled down the window.

Police say there were seven people inside the five-passenger car, including 7-and 8-year-old children who were not wearing seat belts.

It is against Rockland County law for an adult to smoke inside a car with children present. "The Rockland County Kids in Cars Smoking Safety Act" is a measure to prevent children from being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Ramapo police posted about the incident on Facebook, warning drivers they have zero tolerance for smoking with kids in the car.

The driver was placed under arrest but was released at the scene with an appearance ticket. He faces a fine of $75 to $150.

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