While there are much more serious issues to deal with, like the state’s financial crisis and Chicago’s exploding crime wave, Illinois legislators have decided to focus on the burning issue of driving with dogs.
Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car.
“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
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).