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Maine Politician Proposes Seat-belt Law for Dogs

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A politician in Maine put forward legislation requiring dogs to be restrained while travelling in a passenger vehicle.  The law was suggested by a constituent and was later withdrawn after a significantly negative response from dog owners.

The proposed law does raise the question of how to safely transport your dog in your vehicle.  An unrestrained dog can go flying in the event of a crash – causing injury to both the dog and any passengers in the vehicle.  If the dog is riding in the front seat and the air bag is deployed the dog could be seriously injured not to mention the dangers of distracted driving from owners preoccupied with their pets.

So maybe the suggestion that dogs should be restrained while travelling in a vehicle isn’t such a ridiculous one after all.

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