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West Sussex Fire Service’s warning to drivers with unrestrained animals

West Sussex Fire Service reminds drivers they may be at risk of large fines if they do not properly restrain their animals when driving.

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Do you know the law when it comes to properly restraining your pets?

We all know and understand the dangers of driving without wearing a seatbelt, and most of us abide by the law when it comes to them. But not so many of us seem to be aware of the law when it comes to properly restraining ‘man’s best friend’.

Research by Dogs Trust reveals that almost half (48%) of UK dog owners could be breaking the Highway Code by not restraining their dogs properly in the car. So what can we do to keep our furry friends restrained when in the car?

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Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

So, according to the Highway Code, using a ‘seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard’ are all acceptable ways of obeying the law when taking our pets out for a drive.

West Sussex Fire Service has taken to Twitter to remind West Sussex’s dog (and cat) owners to keep their animals properly restrained in the car.

Failure to follow the law means drivers could be pulled over by police for driving without proper control of the car which will land them £1,000 fine.

As mentioned in West Sussex Fire’s Tweet it could mean ‘failing to drive with due care and attention’ which carries a maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points.

In more extreme cases, it could lead to a driving ban and a compulsory re-test – drivers may be invalidating their insurance.

Were you aware of these laws? And will it change the way you drive with your canine companion?

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Why was Crawley and Ifield Avenue closed last night?

Just before 8pm last night (13th Dec) drivers reported being diverted as they approached the roundabout.

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(Image: Google Street View)

At around 7:45 pm police closed Crawley Avenue and Ifield Avenue.

A man was seen threatening to jump from the road bridge.

Police and ambulances arrived on the scene and quickly secured the area by closing the roads and diverting traffic.  Many reported buses having to detour through Ifield.

The man was eventually detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The road was reopened at 8pm.

The man has now been passed into the care of health professionals.

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