Friday, June 8, 2012

New Jersey drivers can be fined for unseatbelted pets

New Jersey is cracking down on pets in transit — and says “click it or ticket” now applies to cats and dogs, too.

New Jersey is the only state where driving with pets loose in the car is a violation of animal cruelty law. Drivers cited for failing to properly secure their pet can face a ticket of between $250 and $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.

Pets hanging out the window, riding in the back of a truck or curling up on the driver’s lap are among ticketable offenses under the law.

 Only a few other states are cracking down on pets in vehicles. Arizona, Connecticut and Maine can charge a driver for an unrestrained pet under distracted driving laws. Hawaii specifically prohibits driving with a pet in your lap.


Photo: Anthony DelMundo for New York Da

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