Ban on Lapdogs in Cars, Killed Last Year, Has Returned

Lapdogs in cars could mean trips to court under legislation that appears headed for passage after gaining approval of a committee that killed a similar bill last year.
Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, won approval of SB3110 in the Senate Transportation Committee on a 5-2 vote.
Last year, the committee killed a bill by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, that had the same goal, though slightly different language.
This year’s bill creates a new misdemeanor offense for having an animal in the lap while driving. It also covers an animal being between the driver and the driver’s door.
Yager won the committee’s approval after reading a letter from a constituent in Oliver Springs who said he has twice barely avoided a serious accident because of other drivers with dogs in their laps.
Both the and the House sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim Cobb, said passage of the bill should make highways safer. Cobb said statistics show about 30,000 accidents per year nationwide caused by drivers distracted by dogs or cats in their vehicles.
The House version of the bill is scheduled for a floor vote tonight.

One thought on “Ban on Lapdogs in Cars, Killed Last Year, Has Returned

  1. Sue

    I certainly hope this does not pass!!!
    We need less government intervention in our private lives.
    My dog is just as much a part of my family as my human family is, so my dog should be able to ride on my lap in my car.
    What’s next on the list of bans. This is a terrible one for sure.
    Dog haters made this one up. Shame on Mr. Yeager–He’s a republican and should know better!!!!!
    This is a shameful bill!!!!

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