Dog in a car

Pet owners warned to restrain dogs in car following spate of fatal crashes

Pet owners are being urged to ensure they restrain their fur-babies in the car to avoid any distraction while driving.

The warning, which was issued by the RACQ on Wednesday, comes following three fatal crashes on the Bruce Highway in the past six weeks.

“While police could not confirm the distraction of the animals in the cars caused the crashes, it has prompted RACQ to remind motorists of the risks of unrestrained animals,” The State’s peak motoring body said in a statement on their website.


Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said restraining pets was for the safety of both animals and motorists.

“Although it’s not a legal requirement to restrain pets in Queensland, it’s vital motorists do so because if left unrestrained, the pet could distract the driver and in the event of a crash become a dangerous projectile inside the vehicle,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Sadly at least one dog in these three recent crashes was also killed.”

Here’s how you can safely transport and restrain your pet in the car: