INTRODUCED BY T. STEVENSON, CALTAGIRONE, CREIGHTON, GINGRICH, KOTIK, PICKETT AND YOUNGBLOOD, JUNE 15, 2005
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, JUNE 15, 2005
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for transporting pets in motor vehicles.
The General Assembly finds that pets riding in automobiles have caused distraction to drivers and that this distraction sometimes results in automobile accidents and injury. It is in the interest of Pennsylvania motorists and passengers, therefore, to institute safety measures regarding transporting pets in automobiles.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a subchapter to read:
SUBCHAPTER F - TRANSPORTING ANIMALS IN MOVING VEHICLES Sec. 4592. Transporting pets in motor vehicles.
(a) Restraint rule.--A person who drives a motor vehicle in which a pet is transported shall restrain the movement of the pet in the vehicle.
(b) Head out window.--A person who drives a motor vehicle in which a pet is transported shall ensure that the entire body, including the head, of the pet remains entirely inside the vehicle.
(c) Permissible restraint systems.--A pet may be restrained within a motor vehicle by one or a combination of the following means: (1) A latched crate or carrier box which is installed in a manner which prevents it from becoming a moving projectile. (2) A pet seat belt system. (3) If the pet is a dog, a dog gate which separates the driver's area of the motor vehicle from the area in which the dog is confined.
(d) Penalties.-- (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person who fails to comply with the provisions of this section commits a summary offense as that grade of offense is defined under 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 1101 (relating to fines) and 1105 (relating to sentence of imprisonment for summary offenses). (2) When a person's failure to comply with this section results in a motor vehicle accident, the person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree as that grade of offense is defined under 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 1101 and 1104 (relating to sentence of imprisonment for misdemeanors).
crating, seat belting, or guarding off the back of an suv doesnt seem unreasonable to me. no one gripes about strapping in kids, or the elderly, so why should pets be different? i know i dont want 40# of a projectile shaped like my dog shooting at me in an accident.
but then, i have an suv with prmanent crates instead of a backseat and one dog who's so skittery he rides better in the comfort of a crate, adn the other likes o run around and drive me off the road. so cratres it is.
did you know if a dog's riding head out the window, and you slam on th ebrakes, they could be thrown, sustain a head injury, or (if severe enough) snap their neck? not to mention the danger to their eyes and ears from hanging out a window on a highway.
I can understand those rules, I think the penalities are a little harsh. Actually alot harsh. They are harsher than if you murder your dog or abuse it... what's with that?
Riley uses a seatbelt though. I think it's safer for him and me. If we got in an accident I'd hate to see him die because he wasn't restrained. Or he'd try to get out of the car and run because he'd be so scared after an accident. Who knows. I know he wouldn't sit in a crate in the car though, he likes to look out the windows.
Sounds like a reasonable law to me. Its safer for the dogs too. I hate it when I see people driving around with their dogs in the back of their pick up trucks riding on top of the tool box. Drives me nuts.
I think pets should be protected. I have tried crating mine, but they all cry and cry because they can't see me. I have a Sequoia and when I let them ride in the seat behind me they are okay. I guess they just feel lonely in the back in their crate. Tina is the worst about wanting to ride in my lap. I have let her do it, but it is a very bad idea. Better to seat belt them in.
Some of mine will cry for a bit when they are getting used to the crate ride, I very seldom allow mine to ride loose with me, though I am guilty for having given in to this a couple times. I dont live in PA, but I do support the idea, of restraining. I witnessed a low speed accident before in which the families pet Coccker was riding loose, and watched it be ejected out the back window, horrifying site. The dog did not make it more than a couple minutes following the accident, the speed couldnt have been more than 35 mph
I've been thankful for my pet seat belt when having to slam on my brakes on the highway. without it Cider would have been thrown, more than once.
Driving with their head out the window on top of stopping abruptly is harsh on their eyes. High velocity debris getting lodged in there. I've heard horror stories from my roomie's dad about some of the things he's seen at his clinic from riding with the dogs head out the window. ugh.
i have an escape (and no kids) so i have made the back one big crate area- i cant remember when the seats were up for humans last. that way the crates face me adn they can see me and are ok. they are ok facing back too, but this way they get more air, too.