Do you live in New Jersey or travel through the state often? Did you know you can be ticketed for driving with an unrestrained pet in the state? Seat belts are not just required for people anymore!
New Jersey is one of the first states to recognize the true dangers an unrestrained pet in the car can bring upon drivers and passengers. They have created a law that states pet owners must restrain their pets in a vehicle using a dog seat belt, dog car seat or any other vehicle safety system for pets.
4:22-18. Carrying animal in cruel, inhumane manner; disorderly person offense
4:22-18. A person who shall carry, or cause to be carried, a living animal or creature in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner, shall be guilty of a disorderly person’s offense and punished as provided in subsection a. of R.S.4:22-17.
What does that mean?
New Jersey police officers can stop drivers anytime they believe that an animal is being improperly transported. The law forbids dogs from hanging out of windows and riding in the beds of pickup trucks. Animals that are inside a vehicle are required to be properly restrained. In New Jersey, this means that they need to be buckled up with restraints specifically designed for pets, or safely stowed in a pet crate. Common types of restraint systems are dog car seats, dog seat belts, and dog booster seats.
If you get stopped not obeying these doggie traffic laws, you could be fined $250 to $1,000. Drivers could potentially face charges under animal cruelty laws as well.
Why this law exists?
A dog car seat is a great option to keep your eyes on the road and your pet safe. A dog car seat is a dog safety product that will restrain and secure your pet to one area in your vehicle.
Most dog car seats have a tether system that attaches to your dog’s safety harness. The dog car seat is secured using your vehicles seat belt system. This ensures that your dog will stay in the dog car seat and not become a distraction to you as a driver.
Next time you hop in the car with Fido, click-it or ticket!