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Calls for dog seatbelts in cars

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A new poll conducted by GEM Motoring Assist revealed that more than 60% of UK motorists believe it should be compulsory for dogs to be restrained in cars.

The poll was held to find out driver's views on dogs wearing seat belts and harnesses in cars, as the issue has become a hot topic over the summer.

David Williams, Chief Executive of GEM Motoring Assist commented: "Not only are unnecessary accidents caused by unrestrained animals in the car but the consequences in a crash can be much more severe.”

"If a motorist is travelling at just 30 miles per hour, in the case of impact, an unrestrained average sized dog weighing approximately 50lbs would be projected forward with a force equal to a baby elephant," he said.

Ex-Eastenders actor Todd Carty has also appeared on TV campaigning for new legislation to be introduced making seatbelts for dogs compulsory after he had a near tragic accident involving his Labrador.

The poll has led to the UK motoring organisation to support the cause for safety of pets in cars, and is lending its full backing for a new law to be introduced.

The company is urging drivers to be aware of the consequences of dogs not being restrained in cars, and the potential danger it carries to both pets and passengers.

David Williams MBE, continued: "Dog harnesses are readily available for dogs of all sizes and we advise motorists to always consider their dog as well as the rest of the family when it comes to car safety.

"This law, if implemented, would be a great step towards reducing the number of accidents caused by animals and any law that helps make the roads a safer place is definitely a good thing," he said.

By Ben Malkin

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