Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
In Maricopa County, AZ or Scottsdale, Arizona it illegal to have a dog with its head out of the window while driving? (Front driver's side - Is it either animal cruelty or distracted or reckless driving?)
28-893. Obstruction to view; interference with driving
A. A person shall not drive a vehicle when the vehicle's load or passengers obstruct the driver's view to the front or sides of the vehicle or interfere with the driver's control over the vehicle's driving mechanism.
B. A passenger in a vehicle shall not ride in a position that interferes with the driver's view ahead or to the sides or that interferes with the driver's control over the vehicle's driving mechanism.
I can easily see this provision applying to having a dog being on the driver's side of the vehicle. A dog can easily obstruct a driver's view and/or interfere with the control of the vehicle. So, this is the most likely provision which would apply.
Is it a criminal or civil violation?
Do you know if it falls under a civil or criminal traffic violation?
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).