Some U.S. states have prohibited drivers from smoking with children in cars, but India's capital city is banned all smoking while driving, saying it's a safety hazard, the Associated Press reported March 27.
“Anything that distracts the attention of driver is dangerous,” said New Delhi traffic commissioner Qamar Ahmed. “The human mind cannot do two things simultaneously.”
The new rules, laid down by the city's High Court, go into effect April 9. The ban is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. It calls for $32 fines for anyone caught smoking behind the wheel, and license revocations for those caught five times or more.
Driving while using a cell phone also is banned in New Delhi.