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)
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
    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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  • Karl Muver 2012/06/12 08:00:26
    I was pointing out that she said that they shouldn't be required by law. Neither of us have any idea what her view on them in general is, so I highly doubt she needs a lecture on them. Also, must be a nice world that you live in, having your view always be right.
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/06/12 21:00:37
    Spoken like someone truly backed into a corner.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/06/12 21:34:49
    How is making my point acting like I'm backed into a corner? Would it have been better if I started cussing and insulting?
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/07/05 03:47:54
    "Must be a nice world that you live in, having your view always be right." So it looks like you've already started.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/07/05 04:46:53
    It's called sarcasm. Obviously, some people can't understand it.
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/07/05 20:25:22
    I understand that it's sarcasm. That was my point.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/07/06 05:27:28
    So I'm not allowed to be sarcastic.
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/07/21 01:41:46
    I never said that. My point was that you were being rude.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/07/21 03:02:44
    I was being rude by stating my opinion? Then everyone on this site is rather rude.
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/07/24 20:30:06
    Oh wow, the fact that you can't even see that what you said was rude makes it even worse. Good luck in life.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/07/25 06:12:39
    Ah, I get it. You're allowed to be rude and judgmental to people, but not anyone else.
  • VenomHalos Karl 2012/07/30 06:01:27
    I'm not even going to bother with you anymore. Good day.
  • Karl VenomHalos 2012/07/30 23:56:47
    Good day to you as well.
  • Sister ... Muver 2012/06/12 01:19:20
    Sister Jean
    this is an Opinion site
  • Charmaine 2012/06/11 19:43:37
    I would have to be a pathetic fool to put an animal in a car seat!!! But you never know, if moms strap in gasoline cans rather than their own children anything could happen nowadays!!!


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