CHICAGO, March 31 (UPI) -- Horse-drawn carriage owners in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood say regulations requiring them to wash the street of horse urine will increase traffic jams.
The rule, which takes effect Thursday, says horse urine "must be immediately diluted with a deodorizing, non-toxic liquid" that has been deemed "eco-friendly, safe, recyclable and non-harmful to people and property," the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.
The new regulation was championed by Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd district, and passed by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The city already requires the horses to wear diapers to catch their solid droppings.
"Can you imagine a horse around Michigan and Chicago on a busy Saturday night? The driver has to stop traffic no matter what and spray this material or get off and put this material down," said Dan Sampson, director of Historical Noble Horse. "Imagine what a traffic jam that's gonna cause and what a safety hazard it will be. Horses are not like automobiles. You just don't put 'em in neutral. You have to hold on to the horse with one hand with passengers in the back of the carriage and spray this stuff down. Maybe one time out of a hundred with passengers in the cab, the horse might get scared, run off and hurt passengers and things. This will be a disaster."