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Drivers give in to a lot of distractions behind the wheel. Phone calls, eating, drinking, and slapping the kids around are one thing, but something that's always irked us is drivers traveling with pets on their laps. Aside from the possibility of Fluffy freaking out and doing its doggone best to create a crash, we've always envisioned a Chihuahua-sized cavity in someone's chest after the airbag deploys. Well, California Assemblyman Bill Maze shares our concern and has proposed a bill to make it illegal for an animal to be held on a driver's lap while behind the wheel. The bill passed the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 44-11 and is on its way to the state Senate before landing on Arnie's desk. Here's hoping that the Governator does what's right for man and his best friend.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I love this law...just for the fact that it affects that Paris Hilton Bitch :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heres why this is needed. I have lived in Cal for 3 years now. I have nearly been hit numerous times on the road by drivers with dogs on their laps. It is a greater distraction than a cell phone IMO. And low and behold several months ago a woman trying to do a U-turn on my residential street side swiped my parked car. I was home, heard the accident, went outside to my horror. There she was still in the car. Still on the phone. Still had the dog on her lap. If they are banning cell phone use, they need to ban this. Anyone else living in Cal knows there are way too many people that drive with dogs on their lap. When common sense on the public part does not prevail, pass a law for the morons.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I see a monkey in a cowboy hat, but where is the driver?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That elevates the conversation .
      • 7 Years Ago
      As I always say, Common Sense isn't so common anymore.

      People really don't care about other road users, BUT they'd be the first to sue in an accident and the last one to take the blame.
      Arrogance Huhhhh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can understand banning lap dancing while driving, but I struggle with the idea that having a pet in your lap is more distracting than talking on cell phones, text messaging, ad nauseum. How about we make all of the above a capitol offence with deportation to Mexico as the punishment. Of course deportation will be a temporary punishments since there is little or nothing to prevent the deportee from returning home within days of being deported. Just ask your local illegal immigrant criminal type if you need confirmation of the concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's awesome all you people taking your opportunity to crap on California. Funny thing, we don't have any trouble getting people to move here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wasn't referring to net flows.

        And I think you're talking about a net reduction in non-immigrants. This is because the birth rate is below the death rate.

        I was referring to hiring. I've hired 8 people in the last two years. One is from California. Three are from out of the country, and the rest are from other states.

        How many people have I had leave my group and go to other states or countries? None. Although I know one guy who did here, a good friend. He moved to New York.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol nice choice of pic there, AutoBlog!
        • 7 Years Ago
        F*ck dogs and F*ck Bush.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NO issues here, and I have a dog. I think it's both silly and a major hazard to have your dog all over the car including on your lap. I guess people aren't content with: shaving/eating a whopper/drinking coffee/applying makeup, so they had 'fluffy' to the mix.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i agree it is unsafe to have a dog/pet running all over your car, especially sitting on your lap. But has anyone thought about the safety of the animal?
      if you were to get in a collision (regardless if it was caused mostly in part of the pet) and the airbag goes off, it likely will kill the pet thats sitting on your lap as it gets pinned to your chest (depending on the animals size of course).
      and no, I am not a hippie or vegetarian or anything of the sort, actually I am far from it. I just happen to be an animal lover as well as an auto enthusiast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just another pointless law that won't do anything, passed by legiscritters whose main goal was to hold a press conference to say that they did something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds good. People who drive animals bouncing around their car seem a little freaking clueless. What happens when you get hit? That 25 lbs dog becomes a projectile..."nice, how Susan was killed by her German Shepard."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thankfully California enforces common sense. Now if only they could impose something on those motorcycle riders that driving like idiots splitting lanes and engines are 170 dB.
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