Here in Alabama there are still elected officials who oppose mandatory seat belt laws. They say the government has no right to order people do strap themselves in.
There was a similar battle when a lawmaker tried to outlaw children riding in the back of pickups, if your can believe it.
Up in Maine these days, the battle is over a bill that would require drivers to strap in their dogs. And the battle against it no less heated. The Portland Press Herald reports:
The measure would require dogs to be harnessed or tethered in a vehicle, and would prohibit dogs from riding in the front seat between the driver and steering wheel, or riding in the front between a passenger and the dashboard. It also would require drivers to prevent dogs from putting their heads out the window while a vehicle is in motion. The proposed rules would not apply to on-duty law enforcement canines.
I suspect there is little reason for any Alabama legislator to introduce similar legislation. If Alabamians oppose human seat-belt requirements, they would laugh a lawmaker out of the statehouse for thinking he can restrict residents' God-given right to let his dog hang out the window if his pickup. Or his Mercedes.
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