Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing but not wearing one certainly will “David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator”
Statistics don’t lie:
- When you have a pet in your lap, in the front seat or roaming freely around the car it is very likely you will break these simple three rules.
- There are three main types of distraction:
- Visual — taking your eyes off the road
- Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
- According to Police Chiefs nationwide currently pets in an accident or that cause an accident are included in the police reports and statistics under driver distraction if they are aware there is a pet. Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured (NHTSA). How many were traveling with pets? The answer is 775,800.
- Here’s the numbers: Statistics from NHTSA 1,630,000 injury crashes were reported (many more accidents actually occurred). Pet statistics show that approximately 70% of American homes have pets (1,141,000) and that 80% of people travel with their pets, take number it would mean approximately (912800) would have had a pet traveling with them. Statistics also show that less then 85% of those properly restrain their pets that would mean 775,880 pet involved crashes—did they survive?
On The Record
Joe Farrow Commissioner, California Highway Patrol:
Murry J. Pendleton Chief of Police, Waterfard Connecticut:
- "Bark Buckle UP has my vote, safety depends on what you do in the car buckle up your pets like you do your children".
Carl McDonald MADD &, Retired Wyoming State Patrol:
- “Loose pets become a missile inside the vehicle if not secured and can be injured or injure occupants in the vehicle. This has not been on the plate as of yet, as the focus has been drivers and passengers to buckle up".
Thomas Finn Chief of Police, California Highway Patrol:
- "Pets like children belong in backseat and buckled up, yes I am 100% support for Bark Buckle UP's program".
Harry J. Corbitt Superintendent, New York State Police:
- "this is the first time I have spoke of this accident but what bothered me the most was the family pet was thrown from the car and the injuries were so bad it had to be euthanized as the scene”.
- "Animals or cell phone that distracts you while you are driving are very dangerous. I think it is important to buckle up the animals."
Take The Pledge
According to the founder of Bark Buckle UP, “Pet Safety Lady” Christina Selter, “safety belts can only work if you use them – that costs nothing – but not using them can cost lives – pets included.” Bark Buckle UP is committed to informing pet owners about the dangers of unrestrained pets and created the Be Smart Ride Safe take the pledge, to allow people to commit to being safer with pets for their safety, their pets safety and to protect our first responder who’s job is to save lives.
World-renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has teamed up with pet safety experts, Bark Buckle UP to host the new public service announcement, asking pet owners to take the pledge to “Be Smart, Ride Safe” with his second-in-command, Blue Pit bull Junior as co-host.
“Pack leaders provide protection and direction,” said Millan. “And when it comes to pet safety, protection is about prevention – that’s what this campaign is all about!”
The Be Smart Ride Safe pet travel safety PSA will air nationally and online to encourage people and corporations to take the pledge to be safer with their pets while in the car, truck, SVU and even the RV.
These days, more pets than ever are traveling in vehicles. However, most drivers aren't taking the steps necessary to ensure that travel is safe for both them and their pets. Most pets travel unrestrained, increasing the risk of pet injury or fatality during an accident. Unrestrained pets also pose risks for the drivers. If an accident occurs while the car is moving at 35 mph, an unrestrained, 60-pound dog is capable of causing an impact of up to 2,700 pounds. If the unrestrained pet survives the crash, he may impede or slow the progress of rescue workers, as they need to tend to the animal and the human victims. First responders nationwide have said that, “any time lost in the caring of accident victims [due to] the need to deal with a frightened or injured animal can and should be avoided.”