Missouri Senate Bill No. 216, filed this month, also creates a new crime of child endangerment :
568.050. 1. A person commits the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree if:
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(5) He or she operates a vehicle in violation of . . . section 577.022, RSMo, while a child less than seventeen years old is present in the vehicle.
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3. Endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor . . .
Section 577.022 is the proposed new crime of driving with drugs inside you. So if you have any amount of controlled substance (or its metabolites) in your body, it would be a crime to drive a car with a child aboard.
My original post on this bill noted that the new law would pretty well obsolete the driver’s licenses of marijuana smokers. I said “get a bike.” But where do you stash a couple car seats on a bike? (Actually, I’ll bet some entrepreneur has this worked out already.)
I should note that child endangerment for driving drunk with a child in the car was already on the books. Truth is, however, that neither the Missouri DWI child endangerment law, nor this proposed one, are likely to be of ANY use to law enforcement.
But let’s save that for the next post.