Question: I see people driving with dogs in their laps. Is that legal? It sure doesn’t seem safe!
Answer: I have not found a code, either municipal or state, that makes it illegal to drive with a dog on your lap unless it interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle. It is not safe for either the dog or the driver if they are involved in a crash when the airbag deploys. This will crush the dog between the driver and the air bag, causing serious injuries to both of them.
Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices. Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who just finished his time on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.