Driving with Fido: Legal in most states, controversial in all

Great Falls Tribune via The AP / Robin Loznak,A small dog leans out of a window in Great Falls, Montana. In most states it’s legal for animals to sit in drivers’ laps or be unrestrained in cars. Traffic safety experts say that’s dangerous for both motorists and animals. 

WASHINGTON — Those happy dogs sitting in a driver’s lap or hanging their heads out the car window may look like the model of canine companionship. But they’re also potential projectiles, poised to rocket through the air if there’s a crash.

“A 10-pound dog can turn into 300 pounds of force at 30 miles an hour,” said Richard Romer, AAA’s state relations manager. “Going on a trip with Fido can really turn fatal if it’s not restrained.”

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Until some undisputed facts are revealed that prove having dogs in a car causes accidents, I would vote against this type of bill. Until we can stop idiots from texting while driving, which we KNOW is extremely dangerous, dogs are not a priority. How about the legislatures make a concerted effort to get unlicensed and uninsured illegal aliens off the road or those who have multiple drunk driving offenses? Anyone convicted of a third DUI should given a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.

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