A plan to ban smoking in cars carrying children in England has been backed by the House of Lords. It was put forward by the Labour party, the government's opposition, who said it was about "protecting children". Government ministers said they preferred to run awareness campaigns instead. If a ban becomes law, then it'll be a crime for a driver if he/she doesn't stop any smoking when children are inside the vehicle. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a police car in hot pursuit of a speeding car. A sign shows that the speed limit is 60 miles per hour (mph). The speeding driver's children are holding signs out of the car windows saying, "Help, my dad's smoking! - Also he's not wearing a seat-belt - And he's on the phone!" One of the following policemen comments, "And he's doing 75 miles an hour - not his day, is it?"
A mile is equivalent to 1.6 kilometers so 75 miles per hour equates to just over 120 km per hour.
If you say that it's not someone's day, you mean that it's a bad day when everything goes wrong. • I missed my train and forgot my glasses - I guess it's just not my day.
The proposed ban on smoking in cars carrying children would make a good topic for discussion or debate. Get students to do some research on the internet to find arguments for and against (see articles below for a start).
• Matt cartoon (The Telegraph)