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Don't drive with your dog
LA Times ^ | 12 June 2008 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 06/12/2008 12:59:26 PM PDT by shrinkermd

Keeping Fido with you in the driver's seat is dangerous and should be against the law.

...It's surprising that a bill to ban drivers from holding pets in their laps has been the target of ridicule. AB 2233, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Maze (R-Visalia), has been called a nanny-state bill. That would be true if the intent were to protect the pet. Much as we love dogs, we'll leave that job up to their owners. But if legislators thought hanging on to a cellphone was a driving hazard -- and it is -- what about an animal blocking the driver's vision and ability to hold on to the steering wheel?

Drivers distracted by their pets caused more than 100 accidents last year statewide. But it doesn't take statistics to see that drivers are reaching over, under and around their pets to get a grip on the wheel, that they're making wide turns and can't see cars or people to the left because the dog is drooling out the driver's window. Or that one short stop means the driver either has to use one hand to grab the animal or get a panicked ball of fluff flying into his or her face

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; drivers; laws; rdo
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1 posted on 06/12/2008 12:59:26 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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2 posted on 06/12/2008 1:01:09 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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is dangerous and should be against the law

A trap for which all too many conservatives have fallen!

4 posted on 06/12/2008 1:06:18 PM PDT by Notary Sojac
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I see a lady driving around our town all the time with her dog sitting in her lap (I would guess about 50 lbs.) and sticking its head out her window, blocking her vision.

It’s a newer car, so I just picture what Fido is going to do to her if her airbag deploys with him standing in front of the wheel between the bag and her face...


5 posted on 06/12/2008 1:06:50 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Morgana

He’s GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing. :-)


7 posted on 06/12/2008 1:07:55 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Morgana

Oh my god, your pup is gorgeous. Those eyes are amazing.


8 posted on 06/12/2008 1:08:38 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: shrinkermd
One of the hallmarks of government-by-the-'60s-hippie-generation has been the never-ending veneer of paranoia that surrounds everything they do.

It sort of comes down to, "You can't do that! Something might happen!"

9 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:21 PM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: shrinkermd

“Don’t drive with your dog”

That is going to end a lot of late night dating.


10 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:56 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: shrinkermd
Don't drive with your dog

Yep, make them drive themselves!

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11 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:56 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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That's a pretty pup! Here's mine.

He's five months old and almost 50 lbs, and strong as an ox. I haven't tried a fast food drive through yet, I'm not sure I want to.

12 posted on 06/12/2008 1:11:03 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, were still retarded.)
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To: shrinkermd
Or that one short stop means the driver either has to use one hand to grab the animal or get a panicked ball of fluff flying into his or her face

Quick geospatial quiz:

1... You're driving your car, with pet inside.
2... You make a quick stop.
3... Your pet hits you in the face.

Q: Which way were you facing?

13 posted on 06/12/2008 1:14:57 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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Beautiful dog.

LOL, I used to have a poodle, and she knew what the word “McDonald’s” meant. She knew if you drove up to that window a lady would hand you a bag of hamburgers.

So, she’d get really excited when we drove up to windows. Although, at the drive through window at the bank, when they didn’t give her hamburgers, she’d get really PO’d.


14 posted on 06/12/2008 1:15:15 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: A.Hun

don’t drive with my dog? who’ll hold my beer can?


15 posted on 06/12/2008 1:17:24 PM PDT by MoreGovLess (Seek justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God. (Micah))
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Q: Which way were you facing?

Or which way were you driving?

16 posted on 06/12/2008 1:19:42 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (Fred Thompson 08)
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who’ll hold my beer can?

Good point! LOL

17 posted on 06/12/2008 1:20:15 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: shrinkermd

Just because something is a bad idea doesn’t mean it has to be illegal.


19 posted on 06/12/2008 1:23:29 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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Is a horse O.K?

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=175780


20 posted on 06/12/2008 1:25:33 PM PDT by Walmartian
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