There’s no specific law that bans driving with a dog in the seat with you, according to Sgt. Jeff Gordon, spokesman for the State Highway Patrol.
But it’s not generally a good idea, for safety reasons, he said.
If a driver were involved in an accident while holding a dog, it might be possible to charge someone with careless and reckless driving, depending on the circumstances, Gordon said.
A report by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center found that about 11 percent of accidents involving distracted drivers involved distractions by “other occupants.” For more information: www.hsrc.unc.edu/index.cfm
Date posted: April 9, 2010
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