From My Cold, Dead Lapby Brad Warbiany
California trying to say pets can’t ride on driver’s lap:
A California lawmaker wants to ban motorists from holding pets on their laps while driving. Getting caught could net a $35 fine.
The bill passed the California Assembly on a 44-11 vote Monday and now heads to the Senate.
Assemblyman Bill Maze said his legislation has nothing to do with pet-loving celebrities who are photographed driving around Los Angeles with their small dogs.
Maze said he introduced the bill after seeing a woman driving with three dogs on her lap.
He said unrestrained pets are a distraction that put motorists and their passengers at risk.
My dog (the one whose Indian name is “cat who barks”) hates riding in the car. Can’t stand it. The only he’ll ride is if he can just jump on my lap, lay down and do nothing. He’s neither a distraction nor does he put me at risk.
As Radley Balko says, “If this were causing people to drive recklessly, you’d think it would be covered by laws against . . . reckless driving.”
This is just one more superfluous law created by a nanny-stater with too much time on his hands.