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Pet Safety - Having A Dog On Your Lap While Driving, Is About To Become Against The Law!

Updated on March 12, 2011

Celebrities Who Drive With Pets On Their Laps - Look Totally Cool!

Pictures like this one - of celebrity Jessica Simpson with her adorable doggie on her lap - while cruising in her cool car - are what is making this practice so popular today...
Pictures like this one - of celebrity Jessica Simpson with her adorable doggie on her lap - while cruising in her cool car - are what is making this practice so popular today...

Pet Safety May Require Laws To Protect Everyone!

Are you one of those pet owners who allow your adorable dog to sit on your lap while operating a vehicle? What's the big deal you say? After all, we see clips of dog-loving celebrities doing it all the time, and it looks so cool!

Well, that is about to become a big no-no in California, if Visalia Assemblyman has it his way. Bill Maze, a Republican, has introduced a bill that if passed, will slap a $35.00 fine on anyone caught having an animal on their lap while driving a car.

Apparently Maze decided to introduce this bill to the house, after seeing some woman driving with three dogs on her lap. His reasoning was, that pets are a distraction, and that puts both motorist and their passengers at risk.

The bill AB2233 - passed the Assembly with pretty much no opposition, with a 44 - 11 vote , and will now go on to the State Assembly.

Kids or Pets Without Restraint... Is This Acceptable To You?

Pet Lovers Surely Are All For Pet Safety While Driving In Their Cars, Right?

For those who love their pets, this should seem like a no-brainer, right? But the joy of cruising around town with your dog on your lap - is quite appealing for many pet-lovers. Why should the government actually make a law to keep people from doing what they like to do with their pets? After all, it's not like it is a child you have sitting on your lap. Most people know that having a child on their lap while driving is not safe and against the law.

So, why would these good folks go around with their beloved best friend on their lap and not think it too - is unsafe? Apparently, a lot of pet owners must be driving with their animals on their laps - or a potential law to prevent such - would not be in the makings.

If this bill passes, which would make it illegal to have your pet on your lap while you drive, what else will lawmakers also want to regulate? Will pet owners soon be required by law, to restrain their dogs and cats physically. We do it with our children. But, will pet-lovers see this as cruelty to animals. Because we don't think of physically restraining our children and even ourselves as cruel. In fact, we have saved many lives with the implementation of the "seat belt" laws now enforced.

What Would Your Dog Think About Car Restraint?

Restraining Your Pet While Driving - Is It Fair?

Restraining our animals, during transporting them in our cars, just like we do with every other form of life which we hold dear, seems like a pretty good idea...

Should this bill pass, which would fine a driver, for joy-riding in a car - with a dog in their lap? Is restraining an animal considered cruel? Do you believe in equal rights for the safety of people and animals?

Come to think of it... who's rights are we fighting for here - peoples rights or animals rights?

What would your dog or cat - have to say about all this fuss over them?

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Tell us what you think about this law and restraining animals while driving...

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      teriP 6 years ago

      I have to say, while it does seem unsafe I personally have a small dog and drive much more carefully because of the dog. I'd really like to see the facts before weighing in on the new law - are there more accidents by people with dogs on their laps? I think cell phone use is a 100x worse, texting 1000 times worse. I'd bet there are very few accidents with dogs on the lap and many more with drunk drivers. Either way they vote I am getting a booster seat for my dog with a harness and hopefully he can stick his nose out the other window. He's made more people smile than frown...created more joy in lives then not. No accidents,he's 5 years old.

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      Megan I. 6 years ago

      I think driving with your pet on your lap schould be illegal


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      Andra 6 years ago

      Couldn't disagree more! I have two small dogs and they frequently sit on my lap in the car. I have NEVER come close to hitting anyone, or even having an accident. Humans are intelligent creatures, and driving is all about multitasking; any one of us who actually gets in an accident because of a dog is clearly not fit to drive...let's all think logically for a moment people, what is more distracting? A dog calmly laying or sitting in your lap while you drive, say, the same way your purse might? Or, is it going to be a dog that you've been forced to 'restrain' in the back who is howling, whining, and yapping at the top of it's lungs??! And of course someone above mentioned proper training: if you think it's bad to drive with a dog in your lap, try training a dog while driving???!!! Geese people use your brains.

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      Moochie 7 years ago

      Perhaps you nosie nellies should just focus on your own driving instead of trying to watch what others are doing inside their cars... Mind your own business.

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      SB 7 years ago

      Having ANY pet on your lap while driving is worst than talking on the cell phone.

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      Write On! 7 years ago from United States

      You do make some valid points;)

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      dan the angry citizen 7 years ago

      Great idea, get more government in people's lives. Let's see government can't stop oil flowing in the gulf, the government bank regulators can't regulate the banks, the FannieMae/FreddieMacs wing of the government can't write a legit mortgage, 95% of the states can't manage their budget, the US government is running a huge deficit in an economy out of control caused by a banking sector out of control leveraged at 30 to 1 or 40 to 1, and the government is giving away a $Trillion dollars worth of health care to buy votes for the corrupt political party in charge [since we have a budget surplus...NOT], That's the same government that we want to tell us how not to transport our dogs? No thanks. But I'm sure they will, because that's what our corrupt, out of touch, government bum legislators do, these clowns destroys our wealth and our freedoms, and don't do what they are supposed to do.....which is to represent generally best of nothing except regulate the people they are supposed to regulate, encourage and support small business creation and expansion, and tax and regulate the crap out of the banks and investment company scum. I think it's time to move to another country and take our money with us.

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      Jimmy 8 years ago

      I'm sick and tired of people driving with dogs in their laps. I've even seen people do it while on the phone turning corners. WTF????????????

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      Write On! 8 years ago from United States

      Common sense --

      Well said!

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      Common sense 8 years ago

      A driver today had a hard time turning the steering wheel because of a dog on her lap. She had to swing really wide. If someone like this crashed into your car and killed a member of your family, would you feel differently? Does your dog really need to be on your lap? Are your dog's feelings more important than the lives of innocent people?

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      Ines 9 years ago

      What Would Your Dog Think About Car Restraint? Do we care about how kids feel about it and then decide whether or not to do it? NO! We are the responsible ones.This is not about hurting their feelings but about keeping the driver, passengers, other drivers and themselves safe! Positive enforcement dog training can help the disgrunted pet but we know what's right. Not giving in to a tantrum is not cruelty. Its responsible pet ownership!

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      Write On! 10 years ago from United States

      Hi Priscilla and Ralph,

      It is a shame that the law must govern that which is common sense, but apparently in this they felt it the right way to protect the whole.

      Write On!

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      Write On! 10 years ago from United States


      In California, the cellphone rule is next!

      Thanks for commenting.

      Write On!

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      priscilla  10 years ago

      i think its good there doiing this fine becuz never kno wat can happen to the person driving or the ddog in the front it can even cause distractions for the driver with the dog on there lapp ....


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      bluerabbit 10 years ago

      Well, in Colorado we have a law against Distracted Driving, which does cover this, as well as cell phone use. It is not, however, stringently enforced. It isn't really a matter of dogs' welfare over that of people. My daughter volunteered for the humane society and saw dogs that had jumped from windows and from pickup beds. They really should have been better protected. Dogs are intelligent and wish to please their owners. They CAN be trained to stay in the back seat.

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      Ralph Deeds 10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      These kinds of proposed laws cause me to consider becoming a Libertarian. We have too many laws already.


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