POLL: Should Dogs be Banned from Riding on Drivers' Laps?

State lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would put pets on the list of distractions for drivers in Rhode Island.


Dogs and texting could potentially share something in common. 

If a proposed bill is passed, both would be considered serious driving distractions to drivers in Rhode Island, according to a Fox News report Tuesday.

The bill, currently making its way through the state legislature, aims to ban drivers from having their pets ride on their laps. 

Violators would pay an $85 fine for the first offense, a $100 fine for the second offense and $125 for subsequent offenses. 

Do you agree? Are pets serious distractions for drivers on the road? Weigh in on today's poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Suzanne Arena April 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
That is truly unbelievable.
Suzanne Arena April 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Farmer T, Joe Six Pack and all the other average (like me) residents. I agree there are priorities here in depressed Rhode Island and while this is not at the top of the Bills for reform or putting emphasis on to collect monies we desperately need....it is still worthy of fixing and bringing safety to all. As with any of the reform, whatever monies are saved...one must look at the hands that still filter it at the House. We continue to elect those that mishandle ANY monies that they receive then it's "business as usual because they continue to do what they've always done", which in the end is mind blowing. While all of us are trying to pursue anything in this State, I would like to do so with the Dog "only in the backseat/restrained law", and feel more at ease knowing the doggie isn't blocking/distracting the view of the driver.
la_mouffette April 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
How can we even be CONSIDERING this law when it is still legal to talk on a handheld cellphone will driving in RI? http://www.drivinglaws.org/risland.php When I see people driving with a dog in the car, they rarely frighten me with their driving. Often, the dog isn't in the driver's lap, but leaning out some other window. Is it a potential distraction? Sure is.... But--and this happens multiple times a week-- when I see someone swerving, suddenly breaking, almost rear-ending someone, taking corners awkwardly, half-pulled over in the road with no signal to tell me what they're doing, or when someone nearly hits me, at least 60% of the time, this person has a cell phone pressed to their head with one hand. According to university studies, using a wireless device like a cell phone is the leading cause of driver distraction, drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to get into a serious accident, and driving while on the phone produces the same amount of distraction as having a .08 blood alcohol level. And a poll conducted by Nationwide insurance found that most people would support at least some legal limits on cell phone use while driving. http://www.nationwide.com/newsroom/dwd-facts-figures.jsp We KNOW driving one-handed while on the phone causes LOTS of accidents, and is a serious and widespread problem. What is the point of requiring all dogs to be crated, and yet ignoring the much more serious cell phone issue?
la_mouffette April 18, 2012 at 01:33 AM
oh, now that I agree with. I'm sure the dogs enjoy it, but in the event of even a minor accident, they could get mangled. I cringe whenever I see that.
la_mouffette April 18, 2012 at 01:38 AM
aha! I take it back....Senator Susan Sosnowski has presented legislation (Ri senate bill 2223) that would ban any handheld cell phone use while driving. Hands-free devices like Bluetooth would still be legal. Let's see if it passes! http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/billtext12/senatetext12/s2223.htm


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