Illinois – A new piece of legislation has been introduced in Illinois that could lead to a $50 fine for drivers caught with lap dogs in their cars. The new law is set to be enforced from the end of the month, and aims to prevent distractions caused by pets in vehicles.
Illinois state Rep. Jawaharial Williams, D-Chicago, stated that “driving with a pet on your lap can be a major distraction and cause accidents. We want to ensure the safety of all drivers on the road.”
The new law has been met with mixed reactions from Illinois residents. Some have expressed support for the law, saying it will prevent accidents caused by distracted drivers. Others, however, have expressed concern that responsible pet owners who simply want to take their beloved lap dogs for a ride will be penalized.
Illinois resident and lap dog owner, Sarah Johnson, said, “I always make sure my lap dog is securely fastened in his carrier while driving, but now I’m worried that even that might not be enough to avoid the hefty fine. It’s frustrating that I can’t take my dog with me on short trips anymore.”
Some pet owners have already started looking for alternatives to carrying their pets on their laps while driving. Pet stores have reported an increase in sales of dog car seats and restraints.
Illinois drivers are advised to familiarize themselves with the new legislation before getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement officials have stated that they will be actively enforcing the new law, and that violators will be fined.
The new law is set to remain in place until further notice, with lawmakers saying that they will review its effectiveness after a few months.