Goodbye to those dog days of summer with dogs leaning out the car window or in the back of pickup trucks while heading to the Jersey shore. Just don’t tell some folks in VA about this cause dawgs in pickup beds are very popular in these parts. (Remember, currently we live in the South.)
As natives of N, and former pet owners, we were amused (but not surprised because, after all, it’s in NJ) to read that it’s cheaper for humans not to “buckle up” in a car. They face a fine of $46 whereas, drivers with an unrestrained pet of ANY type (dog, cat, bird, lizard) face fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 — for each offense. So, the more loose animals in your NJ car — the higher the fines AND drivers can also face up to 6 months in jail.
YIKES no more doggie in the (car) window.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) teamed with the NJ Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) in announcing that anyone “. . . improperly transporting an animal (of any type) will face fines for each and every one under a new distracted driving law.”
NJ is now the only state where driving with loose pets in the car violates animal cruelty law. But, it’s not alone in tackling an issue of what some transportation experts consider distracted driving.
In a 2010 AAA survey, 20% of Americans reported letting a dog sit in their lap when driving; more than 30% reported being distracted by dogs just being in the car. At least half of those surveyed said they pet their animals while driving.Residents in AZ, CT and ME can be fined under distracted-driving laws if driving with a pet in their lap. In Hawaii, it’s against the law for motorists to have with pets in their laps while driving; RI and OR are considering following suit.
Not so in NH where we hope to eventually move. The state motto is “live free or die” which is taken quite literally. NOT only aren’t there any distracted driver’s regulations, but also no regulation requiring helmets for motorcyclists.
So when we’re living there we can have our pets ride with us on a motorcycle while we ride with no helmet.