Driving With Fido on Your Lap?

Most people realize that texting and driving is a safety hazard, but what about the distraction caused by driving with your four-legged pal in your lap? According to a 2010 survey from AAA, almost one in four drivers allowed their dog to ride in their lap. The distraction caused by driving with an unrestrained dog on your lap is dangerous for the driver, the pet, as well as other motorists on the road.

Rhode Island State Representative Peter Palumbo has introduced legislation that would stop drivers from allowing their pet to sit in their lap while driving. If passed, the law would allow police to issue an $85.00 ticket to drivers found in violation of the law, with an increasing penalty of $100 for a second offense and $125 for a third or any subsequent infraction. There is already a similar law in effect in Hawaii, and Tennessee is also considering similar legislation.  The proposed RI legislation has been referred for review to the House Judiciary Committee.

Keeping your dog properly restrained in the car can eliminate distractions so that you and your furry companion can safely enjoy your travels together. You can use a pet carrier, dog car seat or pet barrier to keep your dog safely restrained.

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Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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