Sponsors of Proposed Anti Smoking/Pro Health City Ordinance Accepting Public Comment by Email, Facebook and Twitter
Posted on 07/30/2014 1:23 pm
Wilmington City Council Members Robert Williams (D-7th District), Sherry Dorsey Walker (D-6th District) and Trippi Congo (D-2nd District) believe that a law is needed in Wilmington to protect non-smokers from involuntary exposure to environmental tobacco use. The legislators have introduced an Ordinance that is pending before Council’s Health, Aging and Disabilities Committee that would restrict smoking in public places such as parks, playgrounds and transit facilities and fine violators.
The Council Members hope to move forward with the legislation later this summer, but first they want to hear from the public. They have established a special email address to which they ask citizens to send comments after they have reviewed the Ordinance. The Ordinance is available online at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/docs/2005/3945.pdf.
Specifically, this Ordinance, #14-029, would make changes to Chapter 36 of the City Code to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds, public plazas and transit facilities. Persons who are cited by police for smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas that are open to the public are subject to a misdemeanor citation and a $50 fine for the first offense, a $90 fine for a second violation within three months of the first violation, and a $100 fine for all subsequent violations.
Under the legislation, warning notices can also be issued to violators of the law by employees of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, the State’s Division of Parks, Downtown Visions Clear and Safe agency, or the DART Transit Corporation which operates public transit buses and paratransit. The Ordinance also stipulates that no person can receive a citation or a fine unless smoking prohibition signage is readily visible to the public at the entrances to areas where smoking is prohibited.