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Should Pets Be Required to Wear a Seat Belt?

Living 2012/06/11 19:39:13
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Hmm ... we've never really thought about this one before. Should owners have to buckle up their pets in the car, or face a hefty fine? In New Jersey, penalties for driving with an unrestrained pet range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail, NorthJersey.com reports.



"That’s for each offense," Col. Frank Rizzo, police superintendent for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told reporters. "So, if you have more than one animal loose in your car, just do the math…"

The New Jersey statute defines unrestrained pets in cars as animal cruelty. Some pet owners use small cages, but most buy seats and harnesses that attach directly to existing seat belts, NorthJersey.com reports. However, a 2010 survey conducted by the American Automobile Association showed that 20 percent of those polled allow their dogs to sit on their laps while they drive. And nearly one-third of the respondents admitted that unrestrained pets are distracting.

“Some people tell us they like to let their pets hang their heads out the window to take in the fresh air," Rizzo said, "but dogs and cats become projectiles in a crash." Do you think people should be forced to buckle up their pets?
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  • glass_butterfly ~YSU~ 2012/06/11 21:28:33 (edited)
    Yes
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
    +19
    I tie my dog up in the passenger seat or the back seat cause she'll try and jump in my lap (this is no purse dog, this is a 65-70lbs adult black lab, who still thinks she's a puppy) She could obstruct my view! Very dangerous. And for the safety of the dog too, if in a car accident I'd hate to think of my poor girl to fly out the window and getting hurt worst! Pet lover

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  • heirsof... gocar 2012/06/12 15:42:02
    heirsoftheking
    That's because police cars have to make high speed chases sometimes, way above the speed limit to catch criminals. I don't do that and neither do my pets, and I don't think most law enforcement officers want to extra burden of ticketing people for pets that don't wear seat belts, especially if the law enforcement officer aren't gonna get paid any more money for doing more work.
  • superangrymonkey 2012/06/12 02:29:27
  • addie superan... 2012/06/12 06:30:20
    addie
    and...
  • DoxieDad 2012/06/12 02:22:54 (edited)
    No
    DoxieDad
    No seat belt for your pets is stupid and annoys the dog. A law should be passed requiring your kids ride in the back of the Pick-up and the dog ride on the front seat.

    dog in pickup truck
  • Jake Bl... DoxieDad 2012/06/12 03:15:25
    Jake Blanton
    +1
    Nawh, the kids should ride in the back along with the dog... Which is what many of us did back when I was a kid... Not because we were required, but because we LIKED it...
  • DoxieDad Jake Bl... 2012/06/12 03:31:35
    DoxieDad
    +2
    I understand your comment but I see to many pets that have fallen out of the back of pickup trucks because they have no way of holding on. Kids have hands, dogs don't.
  • Jake Bl... DoxieDad 2012/06/12 03:45:41
    Jake Blanton
    +1
    My dogs are a bit stupid, so I chain them to the center of the pickup-bed near the rear window so that they can't move close to the edge... They don't like it as much as being able to stick their heads over the side rails, but then again, I don't like having to stop and pick them up because they were too stupid to stay inside...

    My experience is that don't don't just "fall out" of the beds of pickups... They get interested in something and climb out... All dogs are stupid, some are just more so than others... Mine definitely are in the "more so" group... :)
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/06/12 02:22:12
    No
    Elaine Magliacane
    +4
    GIVE ME A BREAK from the NANNY STATE.
  • gocar Elaine ... 2012/06/12 03:17:32
    gocar
    +1
    It is commen sense laws that stupid people need. I did not need a law but some unthinking people seem to need to be told.
    We were driving the freeway in AZ a couple of months back when a pick up passed us with the tail gate down. In the back was a fairly large dog who was pacing from side to side and even coming to the back of the truck, looking as if he was thinking of jumping off. It made us very nervous and if the truck had made a sudden stop would we have had that large dog flying through our windshield. People are nuts sometimes.
  • addie Elaine ... 2012/06/12 06:37:25
    addie
    You will need that nanny to take care of you after you are crippled by a car where the driver lost control because they were being cavelier and letting their pet bop around in the car.

    Are there any laws you agree with or do they all fall under your, "Nanny State," bumper sticker idea?"
  • Zeus2713 2012/06/12 02:21:58
    Yes
    Zeus2713
    +1
    Huge risk
  • Depp78 2012/06/12 02:19:38
    No
    Depp78
    +1
    I love pets much but seat belts are not designed for a critter with four paws, and trying to keep them restrained to avoid a ticket has got to be more distracting and dangerous than having them stick their nose in your ear occasionally.
  • TheCouchF*cker 2012/06/12 02:05:25
  • Cameron 2012/06/12 02:04:15
    No
    Cameron
    +3
    It should be recommended not required
  • Dagon 2012/06/12 02:03:38
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/06/12 02:00:30
    No
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Please... don't make me laugh.
  • RogerCoppock 2012/06/12 01:58:57
    No
    RogerCoppock
    +4
    Ever put a seatbelt on a Goldfish? How about a snake or a turtle? A tarantula?

    seatbelt on a Goldfish
  • jackie RogerCo... 2012/06/12 03:01:13
    jackie
    ha I just commented about that
  • RogerCo... jackie 2012/06/12 04:54:12
    RogerCoppock
    Great minds often think parallel thoughts.
  • Anna 2012/06/12 01:58:14
    Yes
    Anna
    +1
    That or some sort of restraint. My dogs loves to jump around, crawl on people, hit them with her tail, ect. I never really thought about it before, but she's a big safety hazard and could easily distract the drive. Small dogs and cats can sneak into small, dangerous places and possibly chew something important. I remember once having to spend almost 20 minutes prying an old ladies cat out from underneath the passenger seat. All risks that could be avoided with a simple safety restraint made for pets.
  • abubincrazy 2012/06/12 01:56:35
    No
    abubincrazy
    +4
    That's just retarded.
  • ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞ 2012/06/12 01:55:41
    No
    ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞
    +3
    That's silly.
  • ID51 2012/06/12 01:49:44
    No
    ID51
    +1
    No. It's nice thing to do for a pet. One might even say it's a responsible thing to do for a pet, but a requirement? NO! Once again, government is putting it's nose where it doesn't belong!
  • Chanch 2012/06/12 01:46:06
    Yes
    Chanch
    +1
    They should be secured in some way. In an accident, a dog or cat becomes lethal by flying around in a vehicle. They can and do injure or kill people in accindents. Think of a 20-60 lb dog or cat hitting a small child in a serious accident. Or an adult. They become very deadly ! I have seen people driving with a dog or cat in their lap with the pet's head out the window.Dangerous !! They deserve a ticket !
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/12 01:44:20
    No
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    It is just too nanny state for me, although I think people should have enough sense on their own.
  • Theresa2000 2012/06/12 01:41:00
    Yes
    Theresa2000
    +1
    Or put in a travel kennel...they need to be safe, too! I only say this bc how much of a distraction they can be if not contained in some sort of fashion....I really hate seeing animals at risk just as much as humans.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/12 01:40:34
    No
    Kane Fernau
    +3
    I see dogs loose in the back of pickups but I never hear of dogs falling out of the back of pickups.
  • Brian 2012/06/12 01:37:25
    No
    Brian
    +2
    Should pet owners be required to take an IQ test?
  • Jake Bl... Brian 2012/06/12 03:17:31 (edited)
    Jake Blanton
    +1
    I would be more inclined to require a IQ test before we allow people to breed. There's just a few too many inferior genes being passed around (thanks to the leftists, of course)...
  • Soup Man 2012/06/12 01:37:13
    No
    Soup Man
    Well on second thought maybe
  • Beccy 2012/06/12 01:36:45
    No
    Beccy
    +2
    I saw an accident where a pet was hurt and it broke my heart. bUT i AM not one to make people do things.
  • Andy 2012/06/12 01:34:28
    Yes
    Andy
    +3
    We strap our kids in... but, not the pets??? They can cause accidents when allowed to roam the vehicle!!!
  • aeline.widya.1 2012/06/12 01:29:45
    No
    aeline.widya.1
    because I have no pets,
  • Sue 2012/06/12 01:18:26
    Yes
    Sue
    +1
    And it should be against the law to take a pet to the store with you and leave the pet in the car! Can someone please explain to me the absolute necessity of having your pet wait in the car for you while you shop?????
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/06/12 01:17:36
    No
    SK-pro impeachment
    +2
    more beaurocratic bS! just one more way to bilk the public of their money.
  • Osk 2012/06/12 01:13:19 (edited)
    Yes
    Osk
    +1
    AND have their heads inside cars at all times too. Imagine debris goes flying and hits the pet's head?

    It is also a distraction to the driver
  • Twinkle 2012/06/12 01:04:56 (edited)
    No
    Twinkle
    Wow my mom said she says that's so stupid and sad.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/06/12 00:57:00
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    NOT THE ONE FOR KIDS, ....BUT THE DOGGIE TYPES.
  • I NEED A HORSE 2012/06/12 00:56:15
  • SueAmazon 2012/06/12 00:48:09
    No
    SueAmazon
    I do use a pet taxi, but a better seat belt system should be available for all sized and shaped dogs. Also it should be sold in more stores at a reasonable price. Until then it should not be required.

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