Tuesday, April 10, 2012
DWD "Driving with Dog" on Lap is more dangerous than DUI or Driving while Texting
San Diego DUI Courts distinguish between Dangerous v. Non-Dangerous DUI cases. Focus on the Driving, San Diego DUI Attorneys say. Was the Driving Bad? Was the Driving Innocent? DUI Lawyers correctly point out the difference of weaving all over the place or getting in an accident vs. having a light out or doing something sober people do all the time, e.g. speed. A DUI is not as dangerous as a dog on the lap or texting while driving if the person does not drive poorly. One in five U.S. drivers with a dog in tow let his or her dog be in the driver's seat. 5% of U.S. drivers who travel with their dog admit playing with Fido WHILE DRIVING. Not that's dangerous. Five percent of American drivers who roll with pup say they play with doggie instead of focusing on the road. DUI can be dangerous but Texting behind the wheel may be the new drunk driving. Now dogs are a target of unsafe driving. Get your dog off your lap if you're driving. It's simple. DWD Driving with an unrestrained dog in the front seat is dangerous enough. Rhode Island and Tennessee are considering DWD laws. A 2010 survey from AAA has some pretty jarring numbers: 21 percent of drivers who transported their dogs in the last year said they let the pooch ride on their lap, 7 percent said they'd fed or given water to the dog while driving, 5 percent admitted to playing with the dog while driving, and 31 percent said that the dog had distracted them, regardless of where it was in the car. An unrestrained 10-pound dog traveling at 50 miles per hour flies forward with 500 pounds of pressure in a crash, and an 80-pound dog at only 30 mph packs a 2,400-pound punch, says AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher. "Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and anyone in the vehicle in its path." It's legal to drive with a dog in your lap for now. No state forbids dogs, cats, or other animals from running around freely inside your vehicle. 2 states are trying to change that. California legislature outlawed dogs in drivers' laps in 2008, but California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it In Tennessee, a Republican-sponsored bill passed in the House on April 2 and is currently stalled in the Senate. In Rhode Island, a Democrat-backed bill was introduced April 9, and is working its way through the House. "There shouldn't be anything in your lap, whether it be your little pooch or your Great Dane of your wife." Rhode Island dog-driving scofflaws would only get a fine: $85 for the first offense, $100 for a second ticket, and $125 for every violation after that. In Tennessee, driving with a dog in your lap or "between the driver and driver's door" would be a Class C misdemeanor, bringing a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. But given the risk of injury or death to the dog and driver, "it is clear logic to me that anyone would want to secure an animal in the car." South Dakota's Supreme Court sided with police who stopped a woman in 2010 with 15 cats running loose in her car, impounding the cats because they posed a risk to public safety. The woman, Patricia Edwards, didn't even see the patrol car behind her because cats were huddled in her rear window.