New Delhi Outlaws Smoking While Driving

You might expect such a move in, say, Belmont, California, but a ban on smoking behind the wheel in freewheeling India, land of the Hindustan Motors Amabassador and clove cigarettes? Yes, though not to prevent secondhand smoke; the reasoning here is that drivers distracted by their gaspers will, you know, hit stuff. Two New Delhi judges have imposed regulations mandating a 1,500 rupee ($32) fine for any driver busted while smoking and/or using a cellphone. Drivers also face the same fine for the hazily-defined offense of "dangerous driving."

New Delhi Court: Don't Smoke and Drive [Washington Post]

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