March 29, 2013 9:35am | By Kyla Gardner
CHICAGO — Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car.
Dogs in the driver’s seat — on their owners’ laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of the bill.
“Because I travel, I can’t help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps,” he said. “It is a public safety concern. If a driver is distracted, certainly it would be a risk to other motorists on the road.”
Under the proposed law, getting caught with a pet in the driver’s seat would carry a $25 fine, though a motorist couldn’t get pulled over unless committing another driving violation.
For now, however, it seems lap dogs will have their day. Though it cleared a transportation committee, the legislation faces overwhelming opposition as it heads to the House floor, said bill co-sponsor, Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton).
Burke said the bill is on the back burner most likely because of “more serious issues in peoples’ minds,” like Illinois’ financial crisis.
“This is, unfortunately, the worst time in our state’s history,” Burke said. “It’s a matter of prioritizing. … Everything is timing.”
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Maybe concentrate on the fricking murder rate…Duh! Why do we allow politicians to create these stupid laws and proposals?…