New Jersey Voters Support Pet Seat Belt Law
The New Jersey State Assembly is considering a bill that would make it mandatory for pets to wear seat belts in the car. No, it’s no April Fools joke and what is even more surprising is that, according to UPI, 45% of Garden State voters actually support the proposed law. What is the reasoning behind the legislation?
Assemblywoman Grace Spencer, D-Essex, the bill’s sponsor, said police in East Brunswick believe an unrestrained dog may have contributed to an incident leading to the deaths of two pedestrians. “Not to trivialize text messaging, but people didn’t think people having cellular phones in cars were going to be a problem until they became a problem,” Spencer said. “How many people died or were in accidents prior to the legislation being written?”
The law would give pet owners the option of using a crate to contain their pet while driving which, if my experience is any indication, would be one heck of a lot easier than trying to strap in my cat.