Dog Drivers are Distracting!
Dog drivers distract driving. Say that three times fast! According to the Village of Mantua in Ohio, drivers who hold any animal while operating any motor vehicle will be now listed as distracted drivers. We picked on dogs only because they’re the most common and obvious furry friend you’d have on your lap while driving. However, it’s most certainly not limited to dogs only. Any animal that distracts your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely can result in:
- a minor misdemeanor for the first offense,
- a third-degree misdemeanor for the second offense within the same year as your first offense,
- or a third-degree misdemeanor if it causes a collision that results in any personal injury.
The new Distracted Driving law only applies to persons operating a motor vehicle on any street, highway or property that’s opened to the public with vehicular activity. This means that people who are parked and not in the roadway are A-OK!
This law will be effective starting December 20, 2018.