When a puppy distracted a driver, the result was a car crash, but it could have been much worse.
We all know distracted driving causes accidents. It's a good reason to put your cell phone away, to avoid eating or drinking, and to focus solely on the road when you're driving. But a car crash captured by a police officer's dash cam was caused by a different type of distraction: A puppy.
Deputy Dave Passmore, who works for the Davis County Sheriff's Office in Utah, was driving near 150 West 2400 North when a sedan crossed the midline of the road in front of him. Passmore slowed his vehicle to nine miles per hour, but the sedan continued on, hitting his car head-on while doing 30 miles per hour.
All because the driver was looking at her puppy.
The incident was captured by Passmore's dash cam, and Passmore said that the woman appeared to be holding the puppy at the time of the accident. The woman denied being distracted by anything at the time of the car crash.
The below video includes the crash footage.
So, what can we learn from this? Don't let your dog distract you while you're driving. While dogs love road trips, it's important that they learn how to behave while in the car. Your dog should sit in the back seat, and should be trained to sit or lie down quietly during the drive.
There are a variety of ways to secure your dog in the car so that he doesn't try to climb on you or distract you while you're driving. You might consider buying a crate for use in the car, or using a dog seat belt. Even installing a grate divider to separate the front seats from the area where your dog is can be an effective way to help keep everyone safe during a road trip.
With a bit of training, your dog can adapt to this new practice, and he'll still be happy to go for car rides. Remember, you're not just doing this for yourself - you're helping to keep your dog safe by preventing a car accident, too.
Do you take precautions when driving with your dog? Let us know in the comments below.
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