Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dogs Riding in Cars a Safety Hazard to Drivers

"Dog lovers, beware: Taking man's best friend for a ride could be risky.  Nearly 60% of dog owners have driven while distracted by their pets as passengers, according to a new survey by auto club AAA. Only 17% — about one in six — ever use animal restraints, which can prevent pets from being a distraction and protect them and other occupants in a crash, the survey finds.

In crashes, unrestrained dogs pose an unintended threat to the driver and other passengers, says Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, manager of traffic safety programs at AAA."
Read more in "Dogs unrestrained in cars distract drivers, pose threat", USA Today, August 18, 2010.

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