Fined for not belting your pooch?

2012-06-05 20:08

Police and animal control officers in New Jersey have been authorised to fine drivers for having unrestrained animals in their vehicle. Drivers, including bakkie owners, with pets unrestrained could receive a fine per offence.

Ray Martinez, head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, said: "People driving with a dog or a cat on their lap...  it’s not cute, it’s actually dangerous for the driver, for other drivers and for the pet.”


If you're wondering what do with your pooch, it can be placed in a special harness that hooks to a seat belt. Cat owners will probably have a tough time getting their feline to comply with a harness so you'd be better off with a pet-carrier.

Make sure the carrier is fastened down, though.

Do you think New Jersey's on the right track to reducing driver distraction? Or has bureaucracy gone a bit far with clamping down on pets? Share your thoughts in our Reader Comments section below.

  • Joao - 2012-06-06 10:39

    Well, if we feel its safer for us humans to use a seat belt, and seeing that I love my dogs, it makes sense to me that we should keep our animals safe by strapping them on while we transport them. Question is, do we have seat belt adapters for dogs on sale in SA?

      nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-06-07 06:38

      Yip we do. Seen them at pet shops around Johies.

  • James - 2012-06-06 18:28

    Liberals spending sunk NJ. Taxes on $350,000 house $13,000 pa. This is just a money making racket. Humans without seat belt fine $45 first offense.

  • James - 2012-06-06 18:37

    BTW fine for unrestrained pet up to $1000!!!!!

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