The state of New Jersey is considering a law that would require drivers to secure their pet in seat belts. If the law passes, drivers who don’t secure their pets could face fines up to $1,000. The $1,000 fines would only be enforced in cases of animal cruelty. However, the fines would not apply to drivers who transport their pets in crates.

The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer and it is being endorsed by New Jersey’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

According to ABC News, drivers are banned from driving with their pets in their laps in Hawaii, Connecticut, Illinois and Maine. New Jersey would be the first state to require drivers to have their pet in restraints.

A 2011 AAA and Kurgo pet products survey found that 65 percent of dog owners reported engaging in a least onedistracted activity while driving with their canines.

AAA says that there are several benefits to restraining a pet including reducing distractions in the car, protecting other passengers and keeping the pet from taking off if the door becomes open.

Only time will tell if Georgia and other states follow New Jersey’s lead on the issue of pet restraints.


Distracted driving is a dangerous activity that causes many motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident in Savannah, Augusta or the surrounding communities, contact The Eichholz Law Firm today. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

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