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Driving With Your Dog? Bill Would Prohibit Pets Behind the Wheel
DNA Info ^ | 29 Mar 2013 | Kyla Gardner

Posted on 03/30/2013 10:46:38 AM PDT by shove_it

CHICAGO — Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car. Dogs in the driver's seat — on their owners' laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of the bill. "Because I travel, I can't help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps," he said. "It is a public safety concern. If a driver is distracted, certainly it would be a risk to other motorists on the road." Under the proposed law, getting caught with a pet in the driver's seat would carry a $25 fine, though a motorist couldn't get pulled over unless committing another driving violation. For now, however, it seems lap dogs will have their day. Though it cleared a transportation committee, the legislation faces overwhelming opposition as it heads to the House floor, said bill co-sponsor, Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton)...

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I guess there are no other problems of importance in Chicago to be concerned about.
1 posted on 03/30/2013 10:46:38 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: shove_it

But it's still perfectly ok for cats to drive.

2 posted on 03/30/2013 10:48:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: shove_it
Did you hear that, toonces? no more driving!

CC

3 posted on 03/30/2013 10:50:35 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Hey liberals, what part of "unalienable" don't you understand?)
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To: dfwgator

Cats do better because they only use .00001 of their brain so they really have to concentrate.


4 posted on 03/30/2013 10:50:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: dfwgator

Toonces! LOL!


5 posted on 03/30/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: shove_it

We need laws for everything, I guess.


6 posted on 03/30/2013 10:51:42 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: shove_it

Not that we need another law, but there is something annoying about distracted drivers with fido in their lap.


7 posted on 03/30/2013 10:54:22 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: shove_it
What if the dog is texting, too?

-PJ

8 posted on 03/30/2013 10:55:37 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: shove_it
This was for real in Carson City, NV.


Bill Williamson and his dog Beauregard drive Santa into the Captiol tree lighting ceremony in this Dec. 2008 file photo. Williamson, who was known throughout the region for his 1926 Model T and the two dogs who drove it, died Tuesday at the age of 88.
Cathleen Allison | NEVADA APPEAL

Bill Williamson and his dog Beauregard drive Santa into the Captiol tree lighting
ceremony in this Dec. 2008 file photo. Williamson, who was known throughout
the region for his 1926 Model T and the two dogs who drove it, died Tuesday at
the age of 88.

9 posted on 03/30/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: dfwgator

As it should be ;-)

Relieved to know here in IL we have our priorities straight...


10 posted on 03/30/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Political Junkie Too

That would double the fine to $30.


11 posted on 03/30/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT by shove_it ((Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA.))
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To: shove_it

Don’t know if it passed in Jersey or not, they wanted pets belted in, or $200.00 fine if caught!


12 posted on 03/30/2013 11:02:32 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: shove_it

Never mind the crime, drugs, corruption, taxes and fees, etc. plaguing a formerly great city

Lets worry about the things that REALLY matter


13 posted on 03/30/2013 11:04:09 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: shove_it

I won’t let my pooch drive...he always gets a ticket for failing to yeild.


14 posted on 03/30/2013 11:08:25 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: dfwgator
What we see on the roads these days, it is a toss up as to which driver concerns me more:

OR

The first driver is attentive to the road conditions, is wearing a seatbelt and has both 'hands' on the steering wheel. The latter, not so much.

15 posted on 03/30/2013 11:09:09 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: shove_it
"Because I travel, I can't help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps," he said. "It is a public safety concern.

Gezzz..I can't imagine having a job where I can just drive around and everything I see I don't like, I make up laws to stop it.

16 posted on 03/30/2013 11:11:22 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: shove_it

Punxsutawney Phil behind the wheel was the funnies scene in Groundhog Day.


17 posted on 03/30/2013 11:11:59 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

But it appears the one on the left does not have a license.


18 posted on 03/30/2013 11:12:07 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

funniest


19 posted on 03/30/2013 11:12:25 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: dfwgator

Now toonces if you get a little tipsy get a designated cat to bring you home


20 posted on 03/30/2013 11:13:09 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: shove_it

Good! Yuppies should not be driving with their dog in their lap anyway


21 posted on 03/30/2013 11:13:45 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: shove_it

I have to use a service dog to drive. He’s pretty good at steering until he sees a squirrel. That was a $300 ticket. I brought him in to testify at traffic court. The judge asked me why I had a dog in her court. I told her he was my service dog and he steers the car. She asked me where the dog’s license was. I told her it was on his collar, but he forgot his collar at home. She asked me if I thought she was an idiot. I told her no, but the dog was starting to have some doubts about her. $300, and he’s color blind, so he runs red lights too.


22 posted on 03/30/2013 11:16:05 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: shove_it

Furry air bags.


23 posted on 03/30/2013 11:16:48 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Conserev1
Don’t know if it passed in Jersey or not, they wanted pets belted in, or $200.00 fine if caught!

The original political action for getting everyone to wear seat belts was when Bob Dole's wife was Secretary of Transportation. She made a deal with auto companies that if they would help her get state governments to push for seat belt laws, she let them slide a little on some mandatory safety stuff that had been mandated by the feds.

So they created the lobby effort and we got mandated seat belt laws. At first it was only 'suggested' that you wear one.

And, they used to say that you have a 50% chance of surviving a crash if you are wearing a seat belt. Now they don't even mention that fact. Seat belts were designed for head-on collisions, not side impact.

Somehow no one talks about the people who die as a result of being stuck in a seat belt as their side of the car meets a solid object like a tree.

24 posted on 03/30/2013 11:17:31 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: shove_it

My cat, Mr. Crackerjacks, LOVES to go for car rides and make faces at the dogs.

25 posted on 03/30/2013 11:18:27 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: shove_it

Guess mitt romney was ahead of the curve on this one!

Are we “allowed” to have a cup of coffee though? Hey,
what about deep thoughts while we’re driving that could
distract us. Can we have those. Please Dan give me all
the rules so i know exactly what I can and cannot do.


26 posted on 03/30/2013 11:22:02 AM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: shove_it

Video of dog driving. I could do without the music, but the dog is OK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRN_L3nTlLQ


27 posted on 03/30/2013 11:26:03 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: shove_it

My dog always does that when I pick her up after a groom. She just did it yesterday. I keep telling her not to, but she won’t listen to me.


28 posted on 03/30/2013 11:27:06 AM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: shove_it

Will some local feminists require a chauffeur to avoid breaking the law?


29 posted on 03/30/2013 11:28:59 AM PDT by radioactivereb ("I'm tryin' to think but nothin' happens!"-Curly Howard)
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30 posted on 03/30/2013 11:30:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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"Bill Would Prohibit Pets Behind the Wheel "

Does that mean he won't need a license anymore?

31 posted on 03/30/2013 11:36:47 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: shove_it
Animals close-up with a wide angle lens
32 posted on 03/30/2013 11:37:16 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: shove_it

My dad had a little dog that set between his legs when driving. Was handy because dad could give him a sip of his beer. What’s the world coming to when you can’t even do that?


33 posted on 03/30/2013 11:39:45 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: shove_it

Had a girl blow through a stop sign and hit me once and she had her dog on her lap.


34 posted on 03/30/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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In all seriousness. I keep the dogs in the back seat because of the airbags in the front. I recall to many cases of children being killed/ injured due to airbag impact. I am looking into the leash attachments that hook up to the seat belts for them.
35 posted on 03/30/2013 11:43:03 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: shove_it

It’s as risky as texting or applying makeup, but should be covered under existing statutes.


36 posted on 03/30/2013 11:48:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

37 posted on 03/30/2013 12:00:37 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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And, they used to say that you have a 50% chance of surviving a crash if you are wearing a seat belt. Now they don't even mention that fact. Seat belts were designed for head-on collisions, not side impact.

Somehow no one talks about the people who die as a result of being stuck in a seat belt as their side of the car meets a solid object like a tree.

I've seen a number accidents involving a motor vehicle crashing into a stationary object. I can't recall any instances where it was a side impact, but I can imagine a scenario when that could occur.

Also, the probability of being ejected from a vehicle increases significantly when you aren't wearing a seat belt. The probability of surviving after being ejected during a collision or rollover becomes quite small.

Whether there should be laws mandating seat belts or helmets is debatable. But if someone chooses not to wear a seat belt or helmet, it should be considered negligent behavior which could allow some waiver of benefits.

Just because a seat belt is not a panacea that provides protection in all possible situations doesn't mean it's a useless tool. I always wear a seat belt -- because I want to, not because you tell me to! :)

38 posted on 03/30/2013 12:03:42 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Slyfox

P.S. Nice screen name, cousin!


39 posted on 03/30/2013 12:04:45 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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40 posted on 03/30/2013 12:04:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: FoxInSocks

Back at ya cuz!


41 posted on 03/30/2013 12:05:54 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

You mut have cloned my beloved, deceased, dog, Brother, who was half Weimaraner and half Chocolate Lab. He looked exactly like yours, right down to the white spot on his chest.


42 posted on 03/30/2013 12:17:25 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: shove_it

Considering the number of old ladies (and some old men) I see going down the road with a dog in their lap, this is a good law.


43 posted on 03/30/2013 12:19:44 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: shove_it

Its not like cops notice your GSD is driving the car! This bill is much ado about nothing.


44 posted on 03/30/2013 12:23:00 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FoxInSocks
Just because a seat belt is not a panacea that provides protection in all possible situations doesn't mean it's a useless tool. I always wear a seat belt -- because I want to, not because you tell me to! :)

I know and to be on the safe side of 50%, yeah.

However, I have one friend who was sitting in the back seat wearing her seat belt. The car was hit by a speeder running a red light and the car slammed into 6 inch diameter tree on her side of the car with such force it killed her instantly.

A baby I used to babysit was strapped into his car seat as it had been placed in the front seat, before airbags, and the car got side-slammed by a semi. He also died instantly. So, it does happen.

Sadly a seat belt is not a 100% guarantee that life will continue.

Nice chatting with you cuz!

45 posted on 03/30/2013 12:23:09 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: shove_it

But, is it ok if the dog is texting?


46 posted on 03/30/2013 12:24:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I love that.


47 posted on 03/30/2013 12:34:45 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: shove_it
Driving With Your Dog? Bill Would Prohibit Pets Behind the Wheel...guess they'll have to pull the latest Geico commercial where the cop stops the car and asks the driver "Do you know why I stopped you today, sir", and gets the repley "Because I'm a pig driving a convertible?".....
48 posted on 03/30/2013 12:36:53 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: left that other site

The only problem is he likes to drive with his head out the window...


49 posted on 03/30/2013 12:37:49 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I dunno...he looks very focused.

And, unlike many S. Florida drivers, he can see over the steering wheel.


50 posted on 03/30/2013 12:43:33 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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