Driving with pets

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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"While lawmakers have been banning drivers from texting or using cell phones, many motorists are riding around with another dangerous risk - their dogs.

Experts say an unrestrained dog - whether curled up on a lap, hanging out the window or resting its paws on the steering wheel - can be deadly. Tens of thousands of car accidents are believed caused every year by unrestrained pets, though no one has solid numbers."



Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2...

Should people be banned from driving with pets unrestrained in the car?

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I think it is illegal here in CA... At least I know my hubby's uncles crazy ass girlfriend got a ticket for driving with her dog n her lap AND she got a fine from the animal police people too (apparently it was animal endangerment).

Kerri - posted on 01/23/2011

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My dogs always ride in the back seat, crated when they were puppies, with one of the kids to help them remain calm now that their crate is bigger then my car. I once took a friends poodle to the vet for her, and that dog wanted to ride in my lap while I was driving and it was a HUGE problem. Maybe some people can do it, but personally a car full of screaming two year olds is less distracting.

Krista - posted on 01/23/2011

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I think they should absolutely be restrained. It's dangerous to you, to your pet, and to every other driver on the road.

We used to put a car harness on our Lhasa Apso, and attached it to the seat belt, and it was brilliant, because he had just enough leeway that he could poke his nose at the top of the window, but he couldn't go further than that. So we'd open the window an inch, he'd get all those awesome smells that he loved, but we were all safe.

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Quite frankly I like having my guard dog in the van with us and we have him with us as often as possible. However, he lays between the two front seats of the van or in the very back seat. He is rarely in the front and NEVER has his head out the window. He is just to darn big to be in my lap but I don't mind him pushing his head against my side when he wants a petting. I totally agree with you on the pets in the laps or hanging out the window thing. I really want to stop people that I see doing that and just go off on their stupidity. :)

Bonnie - posted on 01/23/2011

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I feel there should be a law. Some dogs just sit or lay in the back and that's fine. I have seem some dogs standing right in their owners lap with their head out the window. To me this is a big distraction. Not only that the driver can't see properly at times, but I am pretty sure that he or she is also concentrating on what their dog is doing and making sure the dog doesn't fly out the window.

Tara - posted on 01/23/2011

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Hmmmmm. I don't like it but if it were law I would use a restraint system. But as it is right now, my dog is safe in the vehicle other than the fact if we are in a collision she is a 100 lb unsecured object. But as for moving around etc. she doesn't.
Lately I've been thinking of getting her a tether restraint so that if we even ditched the van due to weather etc. she wouldn't be flying around the van, possibly hurting us or herself.

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2011

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I dont think so. I didnt even know if it was legal or not we thought it was illegal in australia but we've never restrained our dog she sits on our lap or plays with the girls in the back

Charlie - posted on 01/23/2011

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When I was a kid my little foxy was hanging his head out the window at 100km an hour and got sucked out it was horrible , he survived but he limped for the rest of his life so yes I think they should be restrained , the restraints are pretty cheap here .

Becky - posted on 01/22/2011

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I've seen dogs jump out of the windows of moving vehicles before, so yes, I think there should be a law stating they have to be restrained. If all humans in the car need to be restrained, then why not animals as well?

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/22/2011

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My Mini Doxin Honey loves car rides, she sits real nice in your lap or likes to look out the window, calm, kool, and collected…like a lady :-0)
My Beagle is so antsy and whines …he hates the car! He tries to go to the front then the back over and over like he’s on crack and paranoid or something, I have yet to ride with the Puppy Pit in the car so don’t know about him

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My dog loves to be in the front. He goes in the back. Our old car had a cargo barrier that he got used to and since then even with this new car he doesn't jump through. Plus he would have to jump over the kids and he wouldn't like to hurt.

Kate CP - posted on 01/22/2011

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Put the pet in a crate or a car seat harness or in the hatch with a barrier. It's safer for the driver AND for the pet in case you get in a wreck.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/22/2011

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It can be a hazard if you have a antsy pet….
Um….it would be hard to pin point those pets unless you see them in action and therefore you would have to ban all pets in the car…

So………I don’t think there should be a law to ban pets in cars….maybe they should be required to wear a seatbelt or some sort of restraining device…

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