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Tenn. lawmaker says dogs need seatbelts
WKRN ^ | 03/01/2011 | WKRN

Posted on 03/01/2011 12:30:24 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee drivers may soon have to start strapping their pets into a seatbelt with driving.

Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Cobb, dogs or other animals must be restrained while in the interior of a motor vehicle in motion.

According to the Spring City Republican, not only can it be distracting for drivers to have a pet roaming around a vehicle, it could be potentially dangerous for them.

Jessie Medina is the general manager at the PETCO store in Bellevue and told Nashville's News 2 there are already plenty of products available.

(Excerpt) Read more at wkrn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; dogs; seatbelts; tennessee
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1 posted on 03/01/2011 12:30:25 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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2 posted on 03/01/2011 12:34:06 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I have more respect for most dogs than I do for Rats.


3 posted on 03/01/2011 12:34:53 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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4 posted on 03/01/2011 12:35:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I dunno, on one level, this kind of makes sense. You shouldn’t drive with the dog in the front seat and/or with head hanging out of window. That said, I, for one do not want to be legally required to strap in Fido. My pooch stays on the floor under the dash.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 12:36:07 PM PST by sinanju
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Cobb, dogs or other animals must be restrained while in the interior of a motor vehicle in motion.

This idiot needs to be removed from office immediately.
6 posted on 03/01/2011 12:36:20 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Jim Cobb is an idiot and needs to retire before he imposes more silliness on his constituents.

We’ve become a silly country.


7 posted on 03/01/2011 12:38:10 PM PST by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

And if Fido chews through it?


8 posted on 03/01/2011 12:38:19 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

You mean that Fifi won’t be able stand on Mumsies lap and help steer while slobbering out the drivers window anymore?


9 posted on 03/01/2011 12:38:35 PM PST by digger48
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Bitch. Bitch. Bitch. How about you stop trying to mother me and mind your own business?


10 posted on 03/01/2011 12:39:48 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

oh my goodness! That’s gonna leave a mark :)

No more letting Precious sit in your lap while you try to see how to steer the car!!


11 posted on 03/01/2011 12:40:42 PM PST by bareford101 ("Aslan's on the move." The Last Battle-CS Lewis)
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To: fr_freak

What other animals? How do I restrain my pet iguana, boa constrictor, and gold fish?


12 posted on 03/01/2011 12:40:49 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Jim Cobb is an idiot and needs to retire before he imposes more silliness on his constituents.

We’ve become a silly country.


13 posted on 03/01/2011 12:41:25 PM PST by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
didn't Tennessee also go hands-free on cell phones?

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14 posted on 03/01/2011 12:43:46 PM PST by digger48
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Mr Cobb, unaware that state funds are billions in deficit, focused like a laser on matters of historic significance.

This guy ought to show up in a Dilbert cartoon.


15 posted on 03/01/2011 12:44:22 PM PST by lurk
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To: bgill

Just try to get the cat strapped in.


16 posted on 03/01/2011 12:44:22 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
If TN votes for this, I propose a requirement that TN lawmakers need to be restrained with appropriate restraints while they are in session. Gagging would help too.

This is clearly Nanny-statism on steroids.

17 posted on 03/01/2011 12:44:46 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: dead

"I don't know. I just like it, okay?"

18 posted on 03/01/2011 12:45:20 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: bgill

Cats are definitely not covered by this proposed legislation.

19 posted on 03/01/2011 12:45:31 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: HiTech RedNeck

ping to photo


20 posted on 03/01/2011 12:46:00 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I’m deeply concerned about proper hamster restraints.


21 posted on 03/01/2011 12:46:58 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
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22 posted on 03/01/2011 12:47:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Nothing annoys me more while driving than seeing some driver with a dog on his/her lap. I don’t care how cute little Prissy is, IT’S DANGEROUS.

Colonel, USAFR


23 posted on 03/01/2011 12:50:21 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The idiot representative needs to be laughed at publically. Run out of office. Never given authority again and held as an example of power run amok!


24 posted on 03/01/2011 12:52:15 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: paulycy

Well, there’s a certain segment that would sit on it, I guess...

Colonel, USAFR


25 posted on 03/01/2011 12:52:35 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
IIRC, it was Tennessee where, a few years ago a family on vacation was pulled over because their vehicle matched the description of a robbery suspect. The family was hauled out of the car and placed on the ground with the vehicle doors left open. The family begged the police to close the doors so their dog wouldn't jump out. Their dog, a boxer, (id'd by the police as a "pit bull" of course) jumped out of the car and was shot.

So I suppose by that precedent, restraining your dog in the car is actually more hazardous to the animal since it's harder to hit a moving target.

26 posted on 03/01/2011 12:54:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Ok now if they are going to treat dogs as humans, who gets the ticket?

I saw a picture of a billboard up in Canada years ago.

“If you love your children, belt them.”

classic.


27 posted on 03/01/2011 12:56:01 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: fr_freak
This idiot needs to be removed from office immediately.

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Agreed.

28 posted on 03/01/2011 12:57:47 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
I presume he's already cashed his check from Petco's lobbyist.


29 posted on 03/01/2011 12:58:25 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: jagusafr

It is also ignorant and stupid.


30 posted on 03/01/2011 12:58:53 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
This guy needs tarred and feathered....

He's too stupid to be an elected official.

31 posted on 03/01/2011 1:01:42 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
PETCO store in Bellevue and told Nashville's News 2 there are already plenty of products available.

Sounds like somebody's been lobbying for more business.

32 posted on 03/01/2011 1:02:08 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: bgill

I had a black lab. She chewed through her harness, then proceeded on all the seat belts. It cost me hundreds to replace them all, and that was probably 15 years or more ago.


33 posted on 03/01/2011 1:07:51 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Both of my vehicles are SUV’s. And both come available with an optional restraint harness (seat belt if you will) for dogs.

Can only imagine this doofus will soon be proposing a bill requiring all cars to have this as MANDATORY!


34 posted on 03/01/2011 1:10:10 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: jagusafr

Nothing?


35 posted on 03/01/2011 1:11:42 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Without thumbs, it’s going to be really hard for them to use seat belts.


36 posted on 03/01/2011 1:16:57 PM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: Osage Orange

Virtually nothing. I’m a municipal court judge and have seen so many stupid things come through my court that I’m pretty immune.

So, yeah.

Colonel, USAFR


37 posted on 03/01/2011 1:38:30 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: fr_freak
Your Statement: "This idiot needs to be removed from office immediately."

Response: Only after being stripped naked and whipped out of the legislative hall.

38 posted on 03/01/2011 1:42:41 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: sinanju

A conservative would tell the government its none of their business about wether I should strap in my dog or not. How many have been killed by not having a seat belt on their dogs. With the millions of dogs in car’s everyday across this country, it better be a huge number or shut the heck up.


39 posted on 03/01/2011 1:43:19 PM PST by goat granny
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Is Cobb a Rat or a Republican? And does he have money invested in doggie seatbelt companies, or is he just a congenital moron?


40 posted on 03/01/2011 1:46:43 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: jagusafr

If nothing annoys you more than that, you’ve got a pretty good, stress free life.


41 posted on 03/01/2011 1:46:43 PM PST by beandog
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I live in TN - to build a house in my county you don’t even have to submit blueprints so now I have to strap in my dog?

Mine don’t wander around the car - they lie down on the back seat. What a goofy idea.


42 posted on 03/01/2011 1:46:47 PM PST by 30Moves
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To: swain_forkbeard

After the attempt to put a cat in a belt, you would be driving to the ER to get stitched up. Send the bill to the stupid politican that thinks the law is great..


43 posted on 03/01/2011 1:46:47 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yep, right here in Cookeville, TN. The dog jumps out, tail wagging, bouncing around like he wants to play. Cop squeals like a girl and grabs his gun, then shoots the dog. Right there on the dash cameral.


44 posted on 03/01/2011 1:56:48 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Hmm, no mention of his party, so I have to assume he is a D. Let me guess, it will be a passive enforcement only, never to be legal for a primary reason for a law enforcement stop.


45 posted on 03/01/2011 2:00:51 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM
Nope. Guess again.

Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Cobb, dogs or other animals must be restrained while in the interior of a motor vehicle in motion. According to the Spring City Republican, not only can it be distracting for drivers to have a pet roaming around a vehicle, it could be potentially dangerous for them.

46 posted on 03/01/2011 2:07:07 PM PST by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Have they tested that device? To me it looks badly designed. I don’t see any support for the rear half of the dog. The dog’s rear body will be thrown forward, putting a lot of stress on his underarm tendons and bones, and also his neck. He’ll end up strangled and with injured front legs. They need to design a booster seat, like a child’s booster seat, that will accommodate a dog’s shape.


47 posted on 03/01/2011 2:09:32 PM PST by giotto
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To: PalmettoMason

Doh, you got me. Oh well, a progressive nannystater is a progressive nannystater.


48 posted on 03/01/2011 2:12:37 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: giotto
Have they tested that device?

My dog jumped out of the window once.

It would prevent that, anyway. Maybe.

49 posted on 03/01/2011 2:15:44 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: jagusafr
Virtually. Okay....I got it.

Funny thing is....I can relate. But just when you think you've seen it all...something comes along you've never thought of.

Been there, done that.

I've worked with patients in hospitals for over 20 yrs...About the time you think you've seen everything.....You are mistaken.

I could tell you stories...as I'm quite sure you could tell me a story or two.

Best FRegards,

50 posted on 03/01/2011 2:19:27 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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