New Laws Would Prohibit Dog Sitting On Lap While Driving
Apparently one state in the U.S. believes allowing a dog to sit on your lap while driving is such a distraction, they're passing a law making it illegal.
ABC-12 TV in Flint, Michigan reports a new law is being considered that would ban any dog from the driver's lap while a vehicle is in motion.
Unless you have a medical permit or other permission to do so (such as a therapy or companion dog) it would come with a $100 fine. Several lawmakers claim doggie driving is distracted driving.
However, as far as we know, no data was presented supporting a need for such legislation. Michigan legislators did not say if the accident rates caused by dogs on people's laps were rising, or were a problem.
A number of dogs were asked about the proposed law, but declined comment.