By: Sarah Weiss
|Dog in a seatbelt|
Police and animal control officers are authorized to cite drivers for animals jot wearing seatbelts in the car. Yes, that includes the back of a truck as well. Violators can be fined between $250 and $1,000 per violation.
Ray Martinez, director of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, just wants to avoid distractions while driving.
"People really drive a dog or a cat in their lap. Not that it isn’t cute. In fact, it is dangerous for the driver. It is dangerous for other drivers and dangerous to the pet."
Dogs can be placed in harnesses right click the seat belt buckle.
Cats do not get along with harnesses for the most part, so they need to go in a carrier in the vehicle. And the carrier must be folded downwards.