UK drivers believe it should be compulsory to restrain dogs in cars when driving

Article by Christian A., on October 16, 2011

A survey released today by GEM Motoring Assist, No. 1 for breakdown cover, reveals that at least 60 percent of British motorists believe that restraining dogs in automobiles while driving should be mandatory.

The company, which also has a road safety arm, performed the survey to determine driver’s opinion of dogs wearing seat belts/harnesses in vehicles, after the concern became a hot issue over the summer.

Ex -Eastenders actor Todd Carty showed up on television campaigning for a new regulation to be created to make dog seatbelts mandatory after he had a near-tragic accident with his Labrador.

The latest poll uncovers that Carty is not the only one. David Williams, MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist explained that unrestrained pets in the vehicle do not just cause accidents, but "the consequences in a crash can be much more severe."

He stated as an example that if a driver is traveling at only 30 miles per hour, an unrestrained average sized dog weighing around 50lbs would be launched forward with a force equivalent to a baby elephant in case of an impact. GEM is constantly supporting the cause for safety of pets in automobiles and fully supports the demands for a new seatbelt law.

The possible threat to both passengers and pets should never be brushed aside. The company encourages motorists to be mindful of the effects. GEM’s Chief Executive David Williams MBE commented that dog harnesses are readily available for canines of all sizes.

He advises that drivers should always consider their dog and the rest of the family when it comes to vehicle safety. He further stated that if implemented, the new law would be "a great step towards reducing the number of accidents caused by animals," adding that "any law that helps make the roads a safer place is definitely a good thing.”

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