Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Letter to the driver

We receive phone calls now and then from people who have observed a serious traffic violation.  There’s not a lot we can do about it after the fact, in most cases. We have a process, though, by which we will collect the information on the more significant cases, and send a form letter to the registered owner. The object is to encourage him or her to drive more safely in the future

Last week, the registered owner of a 1998 Cadillac received a form letter with my facsimile signature at the bottom.  The violation is described as follows:

“Your vehicle was observed being operated with a medium-sized dog standing on the steering wheel while the vehicle was in motion.”

Hmmm.  Too bad I didn’t look at that one before it went out.  Maybe we should have sent the letter to the dog this time.

13 comments:

Steve said...

Maybe the owner failed the breathalyzer test.

JIM J said...

Confession time: I was flossing while driving. I realized it was a wrong decision when my car started to drift off the road. Add this one to brushing teeth and you have a very good oral health plan. As for driving and texting, talking on cell phone, lip stick application, make up, brushing hair, reading, picking something up off the floor, letting the dog steer, and (I saw this)letting the passanger steer while you fold laundry. Do not forget swatting a fly or scolding the children while looking in the back seat and you have an entire made for TV film.
If the dog driver has an air bag deploy we will call the dog "spot"

ARRRRG!!!! said...

I let my dog drive once. It was a disaster.

Anonymous said...

Steve has a point; maybe the dog was the designated driver. This would be similar to a horse knowing the way home from the bar, even if the rider was barely able to get in the saddle. Was the vehicle observed violating any traffic laws, or was the dog doing a competent job of driving?

Kirk said...

I believe I found the dog in question:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B39zQ-nxNnY

Anonymous said...

Chief,

Anything the Legislature can do about this? I really have concerns with pets in drivers' laps while they are driving. This has to be more distracting than a cell phone. Your thoughts?

Dave said...

Ok ok, it was my Caddy... I spent too much time in the bar, and was passed out in the backseat. Don't worry though, the dog knows the way home and he has a license too.

If students can get drunk at prom and call Friedman Law for a free ride home, why can't my dog drive me home? LOL

Anonymous said...

There are probably dogs who are better drivers than some of the humans on the streets.

Anonymous said...

I could describe some of the things I saw from the seat of my 18 wheeler during my career but this is a family blog.
Gun Nut

Anonymous said...

must have been a retriever sent to get his owner.

marlys said...

Hmmm, brings back so many memories.....

MARLYS said...

The seeing eye dog for the BLIND..got to get around town somehow you know.
Or the pet project...LOL

Anonymous said...

He was late for poker!