Sheriff's department enforcing smoking ban

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 First at Five, June 4, 2007

Aiken County deputies are ready to crack down on smokers. A ban just went into effect for most of the county, and the Sheriff's Department met this morning to talk about how they're going bust people breaking the rules.

They're relying on your phone calls, and deputies will decide what to do when they get there. In the ordinance, different rules apply to different types of places.

Janice Coleman, owner of Mama Bear's Bar and Grill, isn't sure if lighting up is allowed inside, or not.

"To me, it was confusing because one part says one thing, another part says another thing." Janice said.

On one hand, the ordinance says restaurants, and their attached bars, have to be smoke-free. That means Janice should not allow smoking; however, the ordinance says i says smoking is okay if everybody inside is at least 18. Janice says after 6:00 pm, her bar and grill becomes 21 and up.

Lieutenant Michael Frank with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office says if someone calls to report a smoking violation and it's a case like this, where different parts of the code could apply, it's a judgment call.

"The deputy will size up the situation, and hopefully it's something we'll use some discretion with." He said.

When they get there, they'll decide if any of these exceptions apply.

"We'll certainly take complaints about violations of the smoking ordinance, and we'll deal with those on a case-by-case basis." Frank said.

He says each case calls for a different answer.

"I want to try to get a clarification on the rules to see if i can have smoking or not smoking." Janice said.

You can find clarification on the ordinance by clicking here.

The Sheriff's Department says they will respond to these calls, but other crimes will take priority.

The ban applies to all unincorporated areas in Aiken County.

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  • by Wamda Location: Martinez on Jun 11, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    My comment on the smoking ban is, What is next? The government has taken control of our children, they have taken discipline out of the schools and the homes. The have taken our freedom of speech, which is suppose to be guaranteed by the constitution. Yes, I am referring to the improper comments made by two white personalities, one radio, right here in Augusta, and the other a national TV personality. They may have been wrong for what they said, but didn’t they have the right to say it without being punished. I guess now in the U.S we better watch what we say. I thought that law only existed in the communist countries. Now the victimless smoker has to go outside in the rain or humid heat to smoke a cigarette that was purchased legally and taxed to death, but oh how the government loves to raise the cigarette tax. People are still dying of lung cancer, who never smoked a cigarette and was never around excess smokers, so I maybe crazy but I am not convinced about the myth of second hand smoke. I could go on and on. But Americans we better wake up our rights are slowly but surely being taken away from us. I would like to give a thank you to the man who stood up to the Aiken Co. Commissioners, They would not be welcome at my restaurant either. Remember people we vote these knuckle heads in office. We can Vote them OUT………….
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