Lowering unnecessary driving risks


We were perusing some out-of-town newspapers and picked up this editorial tidbit that we thought might interest local readers too.

The Press of Johnson City, Tenn., described a way to lower unnecessary driving risks:

Pet owners sometimes place their furry friends (and themselves) at unneeded risk. One such example of this is seen regularly on area streets.

State law forbids a driver (and passenger) from holding an infant or a child in their laps while the vehicle is moving. Doing so poses a great safety risk to both the child and the driver.

Yet, every day there are drivers who take to the streets with a small dog sitting in their laps.

This is not only dangerous for the animal, it also puts the lives of the driver and the other motorists who share the roadways with them in jeopardy.

In a collision, an air bag can deploy with a force of up to 220 miles per hour, which represents a crushing blow of 880 pounds to a front-seat passenger.

Police say pets should always be properly restrained (preferably in pet containers) while in a vehicle. That means no uncrated dogs should be riding in the beds of pickup trucks or riding in the laps of either the driver or passenger in the front seats of cars.

We would also like to offer another piece of advice to passengers: Keep your feet on the floor.

You’ve no doubt seen people in vehicles with their feet propped on the dash or stuck out a window. This is extremely dangerous.

If an air bag deploys, feet on the dash can result in knees being slammed into the chest or face. Broken bones and contusions are bound to follow.

That’s why drivers should ask their passengers to always buckle up and to keep their feet where they belong.


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment