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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Should Spot and Scruffy sit in seat belts? Journeys reader Chris Boron raises the question of mandatory pet restraints in motor vehicles Writing in a recent issue of Jour ne ys, Constable Kelly Cordwell of the Tasmania Police Accident Investigation Unit correctly states that the forces placed upon an unrestrained occupant in a collision at only 40 kilometres per hour are equivalent to landing on concrete after falling from a two-storey building. She also notes that unrestrained passengers can potentially kill other occupants during a collision or sudden deceleration. This also applies to other innocent motorists who may be involved in a collision w ith a vehicle containing unrestrained passengers, objects and animals. A small dog on crash impact is equivalent to the weight of six bags of cement. Four million dogs are regularly transported in motor vehicles, unrestrained and uncontrolled, causing inattentiveness to dr ivers. The Road Safety Advisory Council claims there has never been a road accident due to unrestrained and uncontrolled animals/dogs. The Council claims that any mandator y provision requir ing that all animals/dogs be restrained in a moving motor vehicle would involve a financial imposition and behav ioural adjustments for some motorists. I believe there are animal/dog harness/restraints available for as little as $15, which is a very small impost on drivers to improve the road safety of their loved companion animal and fellow innocent motor ists. What is the RACT’s view on the mandatory restraint of animals/ dogs/objects in moving motor vehicles, for the health and well-being of the overall motoring public? Darren Moody writes: While I agree an animal or any object not restrained in a motor vehicle is a hazard in the event of a crash, the inattention created by mobile phones and devices is a considerably higher risk. And even today, not everyone wears a seat belt! Let’s concentrate on these items before looking at something that is low-risk. And while I think we should all be encouraged to restrain our pets while in the vehicle, making it a law isn’t justified. We’re interested in hearing the views of Journeys readers about unrestrained or uncontrolled animals in cars, and their effect on inattentive driving and crash risk. You can post a comment on the R ACT blog at www.ract.com .au Life on the move State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress email@example.com www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress firstname.lastname@example.org www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 Even if you’ve never used it before, it’s reassuring to know that RACT Roadside is just a phone call away. Tassie’s cold winter weather can take its toll on your car, even if you think it’s reliable. And we all do silly things like leaving the headlights on every now and again. Make sure your RACT Roadside cover is up-to-date. Call 13 27 22 or visit your nearest branch. ROADSIDE by ract.com.au | 13 27 22 6817 p40_r oadsi de_FP. pdf Page 1 6/ 07/ 12, 2: 01 PM August / September 2012 41
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