There's no activity many dogs love more than hanging their head
out an open car window, but a recent revelation of a New Jersey
law that makes having an unbuckled pet in your car a violation
has opened a fresh debate about how humans should drive with
their best friends.
New Jersey is
cracking down on pets in transit and says “click it or ticket”
now applies to cats and dogs, too.
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.
"Some people tell us they like to let their
pets hang their heads out the window to take in the fresh air,"
NJSPCA superintendent Col. Frank Rizzo told The Bergen Record
last week during a press conference to raise awareness of the
law, "but dogs and cats become projectiles in a crash.".
For a person not buckling up, the fine is