Drivers Endanger Others with Unrestrained Pet Passengers
Recent survey results show that 56% of respondents have driven with their pet in the car with them, even when running errands. Many of them also recognized that they participate in behaviors that take their attention away from the road creating potentially dangerous situations.
Our Binghamton accident attorneys continually warn of the dangers of texting and cell phone distractions, but recognize that pets can create just as many distractions and dangers to drivers.
Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of the drivers have used their hands or arms to hold their dog in place while applying brakes, and 19 percent have taken their hands off the wheel to keep their dog from climbing into the front seat.
In releasing the survey results, the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Kurgo, a travel pet supply company, encouraged the use of dog restraints to prevent the pets from moving around the vehicle.
“Drivers should use a pet restraint system for your dog every time their pet is in the vehicle,” said Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager.
Thirty-nine percent of drivers commented that they never considered using a restraint. Others (29%) claimed that they were just taking the dog on a short trip; and 12% want their dog to be able to put its head out the window.
Eighteen percent of respondents who drive with a dog in the vehicle also have children under the age of 13 who ride with them. Seven in 10 of these motorists have driven with a child and an unrestrained dog in the vehicle at the same time.
Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourages Binghamton drivers to avoid driving with pets in the car, or have them placed in a restraint to keep them and others safe. Furthermore, stay alert to other drivers who may be distracted by pets.
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