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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by jasmangan, Dec 5, 2015.
Do these people know how f'ing irresponsible they are?
This is something I was thinking of yesterday. I see it all the time and wonder what the statistics show?
I recently saw a guy driving with a dog on his lap while texting at the same time. Too bad there isn't a warning system for when people like that get on the road.
Agreed. Unfortunately it seems that safety harnesses,.seats, carriers and the like are often not crash tested and fail miserable when they are
Shocking videos show what happens to your pet in event of a car crash
It is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
You can't turn the wheel to avoid an accident.
When the airbag goes off, it will likely kill the dog and throw it in your face, and might break the driver's neck as well.
These idiots don't understand that an airbag doesn't inflate with a gentle "poof" - it EXPLODES in a couple of milliseconds. BANG!
People are so stupid, it's just amazing.
I drive with my 35 pound pup quite a bit. Depending which vehicle I driving, he is usually in the back seat. Unfortunately, I know of no solutions out there for safely securing him like a child's seat. In the event of a sudden stop, he will become a missile. With that said, he is a great companion and I do not want to leave him at home all the time. Maybe it is time for someone to invent a well engineered and safe doggie seat.
There are harnesses you can get that strap your dog in and use the seat belt...
They must surely have the same type of thing in most countries?
Because the needs of their pets come before the safety of your family, that's why.
Was riding down I-5 a few years ago, and found myself behind an older car in disrepair. The driver was going at a slow but inconsistent pace. I don't follow things like that, so I moved out and went around. I confess that what I saw made me loiter a few seconds for a better look. Driver was:
eating chicken nuggets (complete with dipping sauce)
yelling at the kid in the back seat
reading a paperback book
fighting with the TWO dogs on her lap.
I pulled off and called 911. I was hoping the state patrol could convince her that driving should be higher on her priority list.
Please see the video I posted above. Most harnesses,although listed as safe, are not necessarily so.
The nuggets could get cold.
The road isn't going anywhere.
Nuggets have priority.
In the lap I would find problematic, a tongue in my ear while I am driving is another story though.
Right, but what if she got to the end of the book before she ran out of chicken nuggets?
My uncle was charged with reckless driving, when he admitted to the police that he was being orally gratified during his accident.
Not only is it unsafe; but, it is illegal in some states and the driver can be fined. Dogs with their heads out of the windows is also a safety issue for the dogs being injured and drivers being distracted.
Here are some links to the dogs riding in cars laws.
States unleash laws on restraining pets while driving
New Laws Require Dogs to Be Restrained in Vehicles
Dog Law :: - State and Local Regulation > Dogs in Vehicles :: DogLaw.HugPug.com
LAWS ON SECURING ANIMALS BEING TRANSPORTED IN A VEHICLE
It's sad when laws have to be made to protect stupid people from themselves & harming others with their ignorance.
For whom? For the dog, maybe not, but that's not really the point is it? The OP is stating the obvious danger of having a dog on your lap, or otherwise untethered in the car. It doesn't take much imagination to think of the impediment to a driver's freedom of movement with a dog on their lap, maybe preventing them from steering properly, or braking, or who knows...maybe a mutt seeing a cat outside and jumping onto your right leg as you approach a junction and flooring the gas when you should be on the brakes...or the pooch licking your face and obscuring your vision as you try and negotiate a pedestrian crossing with schoolkids on it.
I have two dogs that I love dearly, but in the car they're tethered...to be honest, i don't care if the harness doesn't protect them in the case of a crash. I do care that the fact they can't dive all over me and distract my attention makes a crash far, far less likely, fo me and other road users.
If the air bag goes off, you have an instant tattoo of your dog.
I understood the IT's original posting. Part of the inherent problem of the dog being loose on your lap is that is that it can be injured in case of an accident,or that it can jump out of the window as mentioned, as well as being distracting to the driver thus possibly adding to the possibility of an accident.
I considered the safety of the animal as much as the distraction to the driver.