NJ lawmakers going back and forth over pet seat belt bill
New legislation could determine how your family pet travels by car in New Jersey.
Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Newark) is proposing legislation that would require pets to be buckled in when traveling in cars.
Spencer says the measure was crafted to protect motorists and their four-legged friends alike.
A "seat belt restraining system" defined under the bill is any device that humanely restricts the movement of a dog or cat, and keeps the animal secured and confined.
Violators would get a $20 ticket and could face animal cruelty charges with hefty fines.
Republicans have introduced an opposing bill which would allow pets to ride restraint-free.