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Police shocked by a driver’s idiocy, and warn others not to follow suit

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Queensland police have released a video of how not to drive along a motorway at 70mph. Read on to learn why travelling with dogs loose in your car will cost you.

By Nick Whittle, 3 Oct 2019

The video released last week shows a stop officers made on the M1 Gold Coast motorway in Australia. The officers were passed by a car driven by a woman with one dog on her lap and another on the dashboard.

Images of the lone 35-year-old Mudgeeraba woman were posted online as a reminder to other road users of the dangers of driving with unrestrained dogs in the car.

Stopped

The woman was eventually pulled over by the police who questioned her for not restraining the dogs. Of the reason for doing so, she could not say, but she was clearly aware of why she had been pulled over.

Police issued the woman with a traffic infringement notice for driving with an animal on her lap. She was also fined AUD 311 (£170).

While they [dogs] are distracting,” the police department told 7news, “it’s also important for all to put the safety of all road users and passengers first when getting behind the wheel.”

Dangerous driving

Recent research carried out by the University of Adelaide discovered people who drive with unrestrained dogs tend to belong to the younger generation. The dogs unrestrained tend also to be giant breeds.

In the UK it has been illegal to drive with an unleashed animal in your car since 2017. Regardless of circumstances if you are found to be in breach of the law you should expect a fine of up to £2,500.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states, “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.”

 
Car no place for lap dogs

This driver has learnt that the car is no place for lap dogs. Police would like to remind all motorists that driving with unrestrained people and animals can result in a fine. Keep you and your pets safe. More information here: https://mypolice.page.link/SQRd

Posted by Queensland Police Service on Sunday, September 22, 2019