Did you know that New Jersey has the strictest laws regarding pet safety on the road? As pet owners, we love bringing our furry family member in the car with us. Whether it's going on vacation, to the park, or even to the vet, many pets enjoy going on car rides. However, it's dangerous and illegal if your pet isn't properly restrained.
New Jersey police officers have the right to pull over any vehicle they feel is incorrectly transporting an animal. This includes pets hanging out the window, sitting on the driver's lap or riding in the back of a truck. Letting your pet roam free in a vehicle can be a serious hazard to you and your passengers, potentially distracting you or impairing your ability to drive. Also, without restraint, your pet is at risk for serious injury during sharp turns, sudden stops and accidents. Drivers who fail to restrain their pet face fines ranging from $250-$1,000, and can be charged with a disorderly person’s offense under the state's animal cruelty statutes.
For the safety of your pet and everyone else in the car, it's important to buckle up. There are several different methods for securing your pet. Options range from car seats, to harnesses, to crates, and even barriers for larger pets. Choose whatever works best for you and your pet. The comfort of knowing your pet is safe and secure will allow you to devote all of your attention to getting to your destination.
Safe travels to you and your furry family member!!