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CA: Driving With A Pet In Your Lap May Soon Be Illegal

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, May 8, 2008.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Lap dogs and driving don't mix

    Driving with a pet on your lap may soon become illegal in California.
    The state Assembly on Monday, saying pets can distract drivers no matter how well-behaved they are (the pets, that is), approved a bill to ban people from driving as they hold dogs, cats or any live animal.

    The bill, which calls for fines of $35, now moves on to the Senate.
    "You have a potential major risk of an auto accident when you have a live pet that can be around in your face, in the steering wheel, down on the floor under your feet," said Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia.

    The San Jose Mercury News reported that opponents of the bill include Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad, whose spokesman said Garrick's "dogs are like his kids. He knows best how to handle them.They're very well-trained and well-behaved. ... If he wants to have his dogs riding in the front seat with him, then that should be the case."

    Talking on a cell phone while driving -- without a hands-free device -- has also been outlawed in California under a bill that takes effect in July.

  2. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    I think that this is a good thing. I cannot understand how people can drive with an animal on their lap.
  3. Arrowhead

    Arrowhead Good Dog

    I wish it were illegal in my area...people around here can't drive worth a damn in the 1st place, add to that a dog in their laps and good grief!
  4. bahamutt99

    bahamutt99 Stealth ninja

    On the fence, but mainly because I don't like more, newer, bigger and better, increased laws. Its stupid to ride with a dog in your lap, but when we get into the area of being told just how to restrain a dog in the car, I don't agree with that at all. I'd have to see the exact text of the bill before I would know whether or not to support it.
  5. Arrowhead

    Arrowhead Good Dog

    What'd be nice is if people would just use their heads and realize that it is stupid to ride with a dog in their lap. Unfortunately, unless people start using common sense, they're giving lawmakers the right to use it for them in any form they deem necessary.

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