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Old 05-07-2012, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Decades ago, lawmakers fretted over whether windshield wipers and car radios would throw off the focus of drivers. Many states later banned eating, reading and grooming while behind the wheel. More recently, multiple states have ordered drivers to stop texting and get off the phone.

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Old 05-07-2012, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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So by my understanding, this legislation would make it a primary offense to allow the dog in the driver's seat while driving?

I think it's ridiculous. Especially the people suggesting harnessing a dog inside the car. There is no reason to do this as a preventative measure. First, just exactly how many accidents are being caused each year because people allow dogs to crawl on them while they're driving? Second, how many of these are people whose reflexes have slowed and may not be safe drivers in the first place? Third, since (based solely on my own conclusions) very few accidents are caused by dogs, why does there need to be a special law about it--can't it just be filed under "distracted driving"?

If we're going to start regulating each individual distraction while driving, we're going to have to regulate phone calls (hands-free or not), radio, food & drink, children, assorted ablutions (make-up, shaving, etc), clothing, the degree of tint and/or glare on sunglasses, cigarettes, floor mats, paperwork, climate controls, and every other conceivable distraction in the vehicle while driving. This legislation is worthless.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't think we should allow our dogs in driver's seat. It is dangerous but it should come under distracted driving as first poster stated.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Good! One less distraction on the road.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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So by my understanding, this legislation would make it a primary offense to allow the dog in the driver's seat while driving?

I think it's ridiculous. Especially the people suggesting harnessing a dog inside the car. There is no reason to do this as a preventative measure. First, just exactly how many accidents are being caused each year because people allow dogs to crawl on them while they're driving? Second, how many of these are people whose reflexes have slowed and may not be safe drivers in the first place? Third, since (based solely on my own conclusions) very few accidents are caused by dogs, why does there need to be a special law about it--can't it just be filed under "distracted driving"?

If we're going to start regulating each individual distraction while driving, we're going to have to regulate phone calls (hands-free or not), radio, food & drink, children, assorted ablutions (make-up, shaving, etc), clothing, the degree of tint and/or glare on sunglasses, cigarettes, floor mats, paperwork, climate controls, and every other conceivable distraction in the vehicle while driving. This legislation is worthless.
Don't forget if a bug happens to fly in the window
Outside distractions are another hazard - like the handsome road construction work crew members
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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It is illegal in most states to have human passengers not strapped in. There should be a law requiring animals to be restrained in some fashion or another. For the safety of the animal more than anything else.

There was a case here a couple of months ago where a semi truck driver got in a wreck with a small car. He had two small unrestrained dogs with him in his truck. Although they were all unharmed in the wreck, the dogs were frighten and ran away. I don't think they were ever found.

People also need to be educated about where they place their pets in the vehicle. All too often I see pets placed in areas that are designed for cargo and not for passengers. These areas are designed to absorb energy in a crash by crumpling like a beer can on the forehead of a frat boy.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I for 1 AGREE with this Band! Its Not safe for the dog! No Brainer You Love your dog Protect him!
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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I for 1 AGREE with this Band! Its Not safe for the dog! No Brainer You Love your dog Protect him!
Exactly!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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ALL dogs should be harnesed/clipped in or in a crate (or behind a barrier...)
no questions no ifs ands or buts...a dog roaming all overthe car, in the drievers lap ect is a distraction, its dangerous and the results are horrible.
ive seen them furst hand.

Why is it so reidiculous to make a law that animals must be properly confined via a carrier or "seatbelt"

my dogs ALL get clipped in when in the car, they are happy and safe and i dont have to worry about them in a sudden stop or getting between me and the stearing wheel ect.
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