Kapiolani Medical Center offers car safety tips for pets

Pet safety

When taking the dog on a car ride, Fido may love sticking his head out the window.

That is not supposed to happen.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children held a demonstration on the proper ways to restrain a pet while in a moving vehicle. That includes not allowing them on your lap while driving.

They say it’s for the safety of the driver, passengers and the pet.

“We want to make sure people are aware we have laws in Hawaii and one law is that pets cannot be riding on your lap. That’s a $100 fine if they’re riding on your lap,” Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children nurse educator Lisa Dau said.

By law, animals must be safely secured in the vehicle or within a container in the vehicle.

If they’re riding in the bed of a truck, they must be cross-tethered.

Revised Ordinances of Honolulu: Sec. 15-24.22 Carrying animal in vehicle.*
(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “vehicle” includes a “trailer” and “semitrailer” as those terms are defined in Section 15-2.28; “cattle” includes any of the bovine animals, including those bred for beef, and cows, bulls, steers, and oxen; and “horse” includes any of the equine animals, including any pony, mule, or donkey.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c), no dog or any other animal shall be transported on any public street or highway in any vehicle unless such animal is totally enclosed within such vehicle, within a secured container carried upon such vehicle, or securely cross-tethered to such vehicle in such a way as to prevent the animal from falling out of or off such vehicle, and to prevent injury to the animal.
(c) Horses or cattle that are transported on any public street or highway shall be carried within enclosed vehicles. A vehicle shall be deemed enclosed, even if it provides openings for ventilation, so long as the horses or cattle cannot fall or jump off of or out of the vehicle through any of its openings.
(d) If a conflict arises between the provisions of this section and rules adopted by the State Department of Agriculture or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rules of the State Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Department of Agriculture shall control.
(Added by Ord. 89-130; Am. Ord. 03-41)
[*Editor’s Note: Ordinance 03-41 shall take effect 180 days after its approval (6-15-04).]

Hawaii Revised Statutes: §291C-124 Obstruction to driver’s view or driving mechanism.
(a) No person shall drive a vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such a number of persons, exceeding three, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle, or as to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.
(b) While operating a motor vehicle, no person shall hold in the person’s lap, or allow to be in the driver’s immediate area, any person, animal, or object which interferes with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the  vehicle.
(c) No passenger in a vehicle shall ride in such position as to interfere with the driver’s view ahead or to the sides, or to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. [L 1971, c 150, pt of §1; am L 1981, c 11, §1; gen ch 1985]

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