Buster better be buckled up while cruising through
Pennsylvania or his owner soon could get an earful from law enforcement.
The idea of requiring dogs to be secured while heading down
the road came from 11-year-old Mark McCann. He responded to state Rep. Tom
Stevenson’s annual “There Ought to be a Law” contest.
Stevenson, R-Pittsburgh, recently submitted the bill to
require drivers to keep their pets heads inside the vehicle at all times, The
Associated Press reported. Stevenson also wants to require drivers to
restrain their four-legged passengers, either with some kind of modified seat
belt or in a pet carrier.
Offending owners could be fined up to $300 and sentenced to
up to 90 days in jail if their furry friends aren’t properly restrained. If an
unrestrained pet causes an accident, owners could be fined as much as $2,500
and jailed for up to a year.
“I never did like dogs sticking their heads out the window,”
McCann wrote. “Maybe a sign might have been too close to the road and they’d
get hit. Maybe they’d jump out the window on a highway.”
Stevenson told Land Line the bill would protect “not
only human lives, but pet lives.”
HB1737 is in the House Transportation Committee.