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Patch's Poll: Should Dogs Be Allowed to Share the Driver's Seat?

Rhode Island is passing a law prohibiting it

OK, we've all seen it, and many of us have done it.

You're driving down the road, and coming toward you is a car with a dog sticking its head out the driver's side window.

Is this dangerous? Is it a distraction? Or is it just something that makes dog and driver happy?

Our neighbor to the east, Rhode Island, is considering a law that would kick dogs out of the driver's seat for good.

The proposed fines are $85 for a first offense, $100 for the second and $125 for subsequent offenses.

Connecticut does not have such a law, though it is one of at least eight states requiring owners to kennel or tether dogs or other animals that ride in a vehicle's open areas, usually a truck bed.

What do you think? Should dogs be kept out of the driver's seat? Take our poll!

roy April 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Seriously, how can some fool justify driving their car with a dog on their lap. So, a law is made to prevent that, and there are jerks who say that it is government interference. Their political sense has gone to the dogs. It is pawsitively unthinkable to put other people in danger. Put the mutt in the trunk. Arf!!! Arf!!!!
Patsy Crothers April 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Alright!! It is dangerous to have a dog in the drivers seat.There have been accidents because of itand these pussies have gone to the dogs.
ZIGGY April 16, 2012 at 02:45 AM
LOOK AT ME & FIFI-----AREN'T WE SOOOOO CUTE!-----OH NO!---A DUMP TRUCK JUST PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF ME---OH NO!!---I CAN'T TURN THE WHEEL----LOOK AT ME & FIFI------AREN'T WE SOOOO CUTE----WHEN WE'RE DEAD!!!!----------------------------------------DON'T YOU HATE THOSE STUPID DRIVERS---------TIME TO START ARRESTING THEM FOR RECKLESS DRIVING!--------WHO IS THE STUPID DOG?-----ANSWER:THE ONE DRIVING
Rick McDonald April 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Exactly and that is the only law we should need. Unfortunatley in today's civil law run society if the law is not specific then the violator wins by simply saying the law did not specifically say I could not do that! Generic language is no longer good enough
Paul April 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Bartholomew, at least you are consistent...Way too many comments and always far left OBNOXIOUS one question are u 75,52 or 34...I would hate to think there are 3 generations like u

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