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Dangerous Driving: Would You Treat Your Kid Like This?

Aggressive drivers are bad enough. But check out the guy driving on the highway in Manchester putting lives of drivers...and his dog....in jeopardy.

Last week, I attended the Skip Barber School of Racing at Lyme Rock Park.  It was an educational (not to mention insanely fun) day filming for Mazda of Manchester.  I’ll have some videos of driving tips that I’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks, such as this one on distracted driving and driving with pets.

You’d think someone would leave the school and start whipping down roads and trying to power-slide.  Instead, I came away with a deep respect for the power of vehicles and the importance of safe driving.  I also drove away with my eyes opened as to just how many bad drivers are out there.

But let me say this.  There are bad drivers, and then there are IDIOT drivers. 

Driving home from work last night, I encountered a guy whipping in and out of traffic on 291 in Manchester at some 85 mph.  Aggressive driver = bad driver, says Skip Barber.

You’ve seen “that guy” before.  Heck, you’ve probably been “that guy” while running late to work, an event, or Dunkin Donuts.

But here’s what turned “that guy” into “that idiot”.  Take a look at the picture.  Look closely, ladies and gentlemen.  That would be a DOG in the back of his pickup truck.  And no, you’re not hallucinating – the hatch is down.  85mph, weaving, cutting people off – and putting his dog and lives of other drivers at risk.

What if he stopped short? What if there were an accident? What if the dog decided he’d had enough of his owner and non-stop slanted election coverage by major news networks and took the final leap into oncoming traffic? 

I don’t know about you, but my fiancée and I have doggie seatbelts for our dogs.  Laugh it up – Madison and Chewie are SAFE when we are driving around.

Would you put your KID in the back of an open pickup truck on the highway?  No? Then why would you do this to your DOG? 

What do you think?

Kyle S. Reyes is Director of Marketing for Carter Chevrolet and Mazda of Manchester.

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Melissa September 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I would've called the cops!.. Someon ought to drive like that with him in the back of a pickup truck..poor dog...too bad they can't pick their owners
Darrell Lucas September 28, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Born and raised in Montana here. Sadly this sort of thing is typical.
Patti September 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM
From the angle it looks like you were driving while snapping that picture on your cell phone at 85 mph. We would all do better to keep BOTH hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road at all times.
Kyle S. Reyes September 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Officer Patti, Your concern is much appreciated. I should have pointed out that my passenger snapped the picture while reaching over the dashboard to try and capture his license plate. I also should have said "I estimate he was traveling approximately 85mph. Figured it was a pretty conservative estimate, considering I was traveling at 67mph when he came flying out of nowhere like a bat out of hell. :)
The Truth September 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
In the event of a crash its probably safer for the passengers this way than the dog being inside the car without a seat belt.
Sheryl September 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Hmmmm....maybe s/he didn't even know the dog was in the back of the truck. That doesn't excuse his reckless driving, but maybe s/he didn't know that they were putting the dog in danger.
Karen's Dog Training Blog September 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Clarification - dog MUST BE SECURED http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/rpt/2009-R-0203.htm
Kathleen September 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The way people drive today is pure ego. "It's me and my world and I'm the only one in it" Kinda like the attitude that carries over to many many other of life's situations. Not sure why car manufactures even bother to install turn signal indicators . No one uses them. Photo of dog is sad. But thankfully its not a photo of a child. ---I hope this moron does not have a child.
Sandy September 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I saw this same guy yesterday pulliong a U-turn on Govenor St., so obviously this is something he does regularly
farm guy September 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Figures. I wish I could convince my extended family to move out of this state.
Karen's Dog Training Blog September 28, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Another anonymous bit of nonsense from another person who does not have the guts to post their real name. Thank you for recognizing me as a dog professional... Anise P. troll of the day
toni from w hart September 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
did he still have the dog in the truck??
Andrew Ziemba September 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Interesting thing about this is that dog is not going anywhere unless the guy rolls over his truck or crashes. Now... either way the dog is screwed if it is sitting in the front seat or in the truck bed. The dog looks like it is sleeping. Honestly, I bet it enjoys being in the truck bed. Just remember, a dog is NOT safe in any crash or rollover, no matter where the dog is. And... whenever I see a dog in a car it is always jumping around or has its head stuck out the window. I don't think very many people use dog seat belts.
Kaptainsteve September 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM
So, you don't find anything wrong with laws about "TRANSPORTING DOGS IN THE BED OF A PICKUP TRUCK???" http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/rpt/2009-R-0203.htm It just goes to show you that there is NOTHING they won't make a law about.
John B. Greet September 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Owning/fostering a pet subsumes a reasonable level of responsibility for that pet's safety and well-being. Transporting dogs in the open beds of pick-up trucks when those pets are not sufficiently secured is an abdication of that important responsibility. Bottom line: If you're not willing to meet your responsibility as a dog owner/fosterer, or, at the very least, follow the law in this regard, then don't own a dog or, if you do, don't transport it in an unsafe manner.
Spencer September 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM
No--I do not find this acceptable and in fact I would be on the phone with any LEO agency who would talk to me!! I do not care if the dog is able to hold his own---One wrong uphill with an interesting pot hole on it--and this dog will be gone!! I mean what the heck?? People are all up in nerves about a report that Romney put a dog in a crate on top of his car, and drove like that---Are you seriously going to be less mad with this situation? Ohhhh hhhecckk nooo!!!!
Karen's Dog Training Blog September 29, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Agree!
Robin Hood September 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
There is but one constant in the Universe: Human Idiocy this is perhaps my favorite example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDkxokZUDug
Robin Hood September 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
but this guy deserves honorable mention http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlaYUy7nj8w&feature=related
Bill September 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Robin, maybe it's Bush and Cheney's fault?
Robin Hood September 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM
nope, people are responsible for their actions Billy Boy Bush and Cheney are responsible for allowing 9/11 to happen so they could have a reason to invade Iraq, high oil prices, the illegal invasion of Iraq, allowing Osama Bin Laden and other in Al Qaeda to waltz into Pakistan so they could illegally invade Iraq, Halliburton and others being War Profiteers and getting trillions in NO BID CONTRACTS, allowing corporations to run amok of all of the regulatory protections that protect US, allowing wild drill and cap in the Gulf not to add oil to the market to bring prices down but to asign ownership to said wells which led to the BP disaster, sidestepping all of our environmental laws, KILLING THE ELECTRIC CAR, allowing STRIP MINING, DRILLING, LOGGING etc etc in our NATIONAL PARKS without protections, using religion to control people, using the military for their personal gain ( the illegal invasion of Iraq), ignoring calls that the economy was crashing from 2003 up to their departure, they can't travel to many countries because they were tried and convicted of several War Crimes, and being generally very arrogant ignorant jerks. I'm sure I missed a few things. http://www.think-aboutit.com/conspiracy/TheBushCrimeFamilyTree.htm oh yeah, Dick Cheney meets with Kenny Boy Lay to discuss ways of helping ENRON rip-off California and the rest of America---- CT's Deregulated Electricity you really think those people care about you?
Jim G. September 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
RH, when even I start to find you tiresome, it's time to go for a walk in the woods. Letting these blockheads bait you into this kind of response is just sad all around.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston September 29, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Probably an off duty cop driving the truck. The driver also looks a little shorter than the passenger so he probably has Napoleon syndrome added to his aggressive baggage. If you phoned the police, you are the one who would probably end up with the ticket for keeping pace with him to get the photo.
Think Positive September 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Jim G. you do have to admit these blockheads just make it sooo easy. It's like shooting fish in a barrel.
Jim G. September 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
True, but posting a detailed reply to a stupid jab is just a waste of time. I have noticed, though, that the folks who are shouting the loudest about how stupid dog-restraint laws are haven't noticed that the law, and the issue, isn't really about the dog. I'm glad that dogs are protected by the law and even happier to see smart owners that properly restrain their animals in vehicles, but the law didn't come about from BHL lawmakers concerned about the canines.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston September 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Bet super-duper pro race car driver Kyle S. Reyes didn't have his dog properly tethered while on Lime Rock Race track.

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