If you are driving in New Jersey with your pet in the car, you should restrain them to prevent getting a ticket. Over 20% of drivers admit they are driving while their dog is on their lap. Officials say accidents caused by distracted driving due to an unleashed dog or cat is a real problem. Many people admit to being distracted by their pet while operating a vehicle.
Be advised that “Under state law, NJSPCA officers can stop a driver they believe is improperly transporting an animal. Tickets can range from $250 to $1,000 per offense, and a driver can face a disorderly person’s offense under animal-cruelty laws.”
Buckling Up Your Pet is Common Sense
We would never drive with a baby on our lap, sitting beside us, or in the back without car seat. It should be just the same with our furry baby. Remember that a sudden stop can cause our pets to be thrown around or have a potential dangerous object fly into them.
What You Can Do
Many options are available for keeping your pet safe in the car. For cats, the best option is a pet carrier, which is far more safe then letting kitty sit on the dash of your car or jump from seat to seat.
For small dogs, a pet carrier or car booster similar to the one for cats can keep him safe. In fact, you can now find carriers that combine all your travel needs – stroller, car seat and carrier tote. If it’s a big size dog. a safety harness and restraint system is the best option.
Buckling up your pet will not only save you from paying a fine, but more importantly, it will make sure you and your furry baby arrives safely at your destination.