Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Proposed seat belt law for the dogs

There have to be more important things going on in this state than the question of whether or not our dogs need to be crated or belted in when we're out for a drive. Well, maybe not:
Bay State drivers will have to put a harness on or secure Fluffy in a pet carrier every time they take their pet for a spin, or they could face fines of up to $50 if legislation under consideration on Beacon Hill is approved...

"People are supposed to be concentrating on the road, but they're really acting like their cars are their living rooms. They've got the TV on, a cup of coffee and the dog's jumping all over their lap," [Rep. Robert] Fennell [D-Lynn] said. He submitted the bill after he spotted a woman driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike with a dog on her lap and a cell phone in her ear.
We put Rosie in a crate once for a long trip. After sliding around the crate for a couple of hours she got out of the car and puked from car sickness. So now she lies on the floor at Jackson's feet when we travel and is nice and relaxed. The last thing I want to do is toss her back in there when she is fine and comfortable just the way she is.

And sure, the dog shouldn't be sitting in the driver's lap while the car is moving. But if it is such a major safety concern, maybe we should pass a law outlawing people driving with animals (or other people) sitting in their laps, as opposed to targeting all pet owners.

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