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.

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