Smoking mum to set precedent

ALISON Manning, the Coffs Harbour woman charged for smoking with a three-year-old in the car could be the first person charged and sentenced with the offence in NSW.

Ms Manning, 31, of Park Beach reappeared in court yesterday pleading guilty to the charge.

She now awaits sentencing and is due back in court on October 19.

Police believe she is the first person charged with the offences to reach the courts. When convicted her case is likely to set a precedent for the new child smoking law, brought into affect on July 1.

Police allege that they stopped Ms Manning for a random breath test in Harbour Drive on the afternoon of August 6.

She allegedly told police she was aware of the new laws aimed at protecting minors from second-hand smoke when pulled over, as the mother of the child sat in the passenger's seat.

While Ms Manning was not found to have been drinking, she continued to puff away, even when told about the $250 on the spot fine for anyone caught smoking in cars with children.

Her case was sent before the court because she was also charged with driving whilst suspended.

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