Strap Happy

Strap Happy
June 19, 2012

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)

In New Jersey, a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt costs $46, but failing to buckle up your pet can land you in jail for up to six months or fines ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Failing to restrain pets in cars is considered animal cruelty. Special pet seats and harnesses can be purchased to attach directly to seat belts.

“It’s much cheaper to invest about $25 in a restraint system than to deal with the consequences of a crash,” said one police official. “If you drive with your dog in your lap, imagine what happens if the airbag deploys,” he added.

John Cichowski, “Road Warrior: Not buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines,” newjersey.com, May 30, 2012 h/t overlawyered

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)