I was stunned to read the misguided Aug. 22 editorial, "Pets and cars/Bills unnecessary," which says New Jersey doesn't need a law requiring pets to be restrained while traveling in vehicles.

The editorial says, "If you think your dog is safe and comfortable riding unrestrained in the back of a car, Trenton has no business telling you otherwise." But an unrestrained pet is a hazard to passengers as well as at risk itself in case of an accident.

The animal could become a projectile slamming into the people and/or windshield. A 60-pound dog in a vehicle that is traveling at a speed of 35 mph could be thrown with such force that it could critically injure a person and/or kill the dog.

While the dog may be "comfortable" unrestrained, it is not safe, for the same reason people are required to wear seat belts. An unrestrained pet can also become a distraction to the driver. Many comfortable and safe harnesses are available for pets, and we therefore never drive without our three golden retrievers safe and secure in their doggie car seats.

BRENDA KORZENIOWSKI

Egg Harbor Township

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.