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Do you drive with your dog in your lap?

Jun 14, 2013 11:17:00 AM

The two best reasons to keep your dog in the backseat

Minimizing Distractions

A driver in Beaverton, Oregon is fighting a $160 citation issued by a police officer who spotted her driving with her dog on her lap. There is no specific Oregon law regarding operating a motor vehicle with a pet on your lap.In this case, the officer issued a ticket for “Operating vehicle that is loaded or equipped to obstruct driver”, § 815.270.

An animal in your lap is an inherent distraction. But for pet lovers, there may be a more convincing argument against driving a car with a dog in your lap.

Airbags                                            

As an injury lawyer, I have seen many photos of bad car accidents. Hopefully, you have never seen what happens when an airbag deploys.  

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Airbags are designed to protect you from brain, head, and face injuries. They deploy very quickly and with a great deal of force.

Imagine what happens when an airbag deploys to protect a driver during a crash – and in between the driver and the steering wheel sits a small dog.

If you travel with your pets in the car, please keep them in back, preferably restrained. Do it because you want to be a safe, fully engaged driver – and because you want to protect your pet.

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