Dogs may be a man’s best friend but there is a limit to how much the authority will contend with when it comes to dogs on the road or driving around with their owners in the car. Special when it is at the cost of citizen’s safety. Officials cited a recent survey which stated that 20% of Americans let their dogs sit on their laps while they drive while 30% of drivers admitted that they were distracted by their dogs in the car while 50% said that they go to the extent of petting their dogs while driving.
This has an adverse impact on driver’s concentration powers and in turn causing a number of calamities on the road. In fact more than 5,400 Americans die each year in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Now the new law states that New Jersey drivers who are not more careful of their dogs in the car can be fined upto $1000.
The Motor Vehicle Commission states that owners of all animals being transported improperly will be fined anywhere between $250 and $1000 and have even suggested strapping them in seats like children. This situation is especially dangerous during summer months when there is increased traffic on state roads which means that drivers have to be more careful and concentrate even harder while on the road. The New Jersey SPCA have been authorized to pull up drivers if they feel that either an animal or person is at risk and drivers will be fined heavily for failing to abide by the rules and regulations.