Who's driving?

Re "These bills won't affect you unless you drive," May 21

After reading The Times' story on proposed driving legislation, I came away ambivalent about Dick Messer.

I couldn't agree with him more about legislative priorities, but his complaint about a proposal to prohibit driving with a dog in your lap was stunning. What makes him think that carrying his obviously beloved pet in his lap while driving is in any way safe or prudent for him, for his dog or for those near his car?

Maybe there shouldn't be a law, but maybe there should be some form of mandatory counseling for people like Messer.

John R. Richards

Long Beach

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