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Pets are Safest Buckled Up

Pets are Safest Buckled Up

If you drive with your pet in New Jersey, you both have to be buckled up. Having unsecured dogs or cats in vehicles is against the law, and drivers can even receive a ticket for doing so.Dog with head out car window

That means that you can’t let your dog ride in the back of your truck, or hang its head out of the window. Pets can’t even ride in your lap. Dogs must be buckled in with a harness that clicks into the seat belt, and cats can be secured in carriers that can be buckled in.

Drivers who violate the law face receiving a ticket from $250 to $1,000, and can even spend 6 months in jail. Driving with an unsecured pet is a violation of the state’s animal cruelty law.

Recently, the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Motor Vehicle Commission got together to raise awareness about the issue of pet safety in the car. According to SPCA spokesman Mike Stanton, of 5,000 animal cruelty citations that are issued in New Jersey every year, only 10 are for improper transit.

“We are not actively cruising the roadways of New Jersey looking to write people up,” he said. “Just be sensitive to the safety of the animal and your own safety when you have the animal in your car,” Stanton told local news outlets.

This sounds like a good policy, not only for pets riding in cars, but for everyone else on the roadway as well. Having an unsecured dog in your car can be a big distraction, and as we all know, distracted driving is a huge problem. Not to mention the fact that if a car accident occurred, an unsecured pet could be seriously injured or even thrown from the vehicle. While Georgia doesn’t have a law like this yet, any measure that diminishes distracted driving and keeps our roads safer is a good one.

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