Advocates urge the use of safe pet restraints during travel

06/29/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

As more people embark on summer road trips with their pets, some animal advocates and law enforcement agencies are recommending the use of seat belt harnesses, car seats and other safe restraints for animals to reduce the likelihood of distracted driving, which could lead to injury of both owners and pets. Roughly 89% of pets on the road last year were not appropriately secured, according to Christina Selter, founder of advocacy group Bark Buckle Up. Selter says there currently are no federal or state laws mandating that pets be properly secured during car travel.

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