The Louisiana House of Representatives has approved a bill restricting dogs from riding in the back of pickup trucks traveling on interstate highways unless humanely secured. 

According to the bill's language, a dog is considered secure if it's inside a container it can stand, sit and turn around in. The container must also be appropriately ventilated and locked down in the truck. It was approved by a vote of 53-34-18.

"We just want to stop them from flying on the road," said the bill's sponsor Rep. Thomas P. Willmott (R-Kenner). "If a dog falls out of a truck in front of you, it creates an emergency situation."

Willmott advanced a similar bill last year which was ultimately defeated in the State Senate.

[via The Times-Picayune]