It is now the law in New Jersey to keep your pet restrained in your vehicle. They have passed this law for a number of reasons but the primary reason is for the safety of people. As important as it is to protect our pets, New Jersey was able to enact the law in order to protect people. How does restraining your dog in the car protect people?
1. Dogs can be a distraction in the car just as much, if not more, than a cell phone.
2. Too many drivers allow their little dogs to sit in their lap which is even more of a distraction.
3. An unrestrained dog in the car can cause a person serious injury in the event of a car accident because the dog becomes a dangerous projectile.
4. In the event of a car accident, an unrestrained dog in the car might be able to get out of the car and run into the road causing another accident.
5. A dog who hangs their head out the window could jump out or accidentally fall out of the car and cause an accident to other drivers on the road.
New Jersey didn’t just enact these laws to protect people, they felt compelled to enact these laws because too many people were not using common sense when traveling with their dog in the car. Too many people allowed their dog to sit in their lap when they drive, allowed their dog to hang out the window, or got into a car accident because their dog was a distraction.
If you think the new laws in New Jersey are too harsh, use common sense when you drive with your pet. If your dog won’t wear a dog car harness, at least consider a pet car barrier. Other pet travel safety products include the BreezeGuard window screens, car seats for dogs, pet car barriers, and pet travel crates. For a variety of pet travel safety products to choose from, click HERE to visit our pet car safety website.
Our source for the info on the New Jersey law is PetSide.com.