Police stopped 26-year-old Matthew Pete along Bald Mountain Drive because of an expired registration.
Police say Pete and his passenger, 27-year-old Tracey Cammack, were both smoking with Pete’s 2-year-old and 5-year-old children in the car.
Bangor’s ordinance forbids smoking in cars carrying children. Chief Ron Gastia of the Bangor Police Department said this about the arrest, ":We want people to understand that we will enforce it. We want them to voluntarily comply, but if needed, we will enforce it because it is a very serious law. It’s a health hazard to children that we’re going to stand up and enforce.":
Pete was also ticketed for driving with a suspended license, as well as with breaking the smoking ban.
Cammack was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Chief Gastia says before Pete, police had issued warnings to drivers about the law, but no one had received a ticket.
Maine lawmakers are considering a similar ban for the entire state.