LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks if drivers are allowed to have pets roaming free inside their cars while on the road.
Nevada has no specific law that bans pets in the car. California tried to push one through a few years ago with a bill to outlaw driving with a pet on your lap, but the governor vetoed it.
Having a pet roam free in your car can create a plethora of dangers. A pet in your lap could block your view or affect your steering. An animal could also get dangerously close to the gas or brake pedals.
A sudden stop could also send an unrestrained animal into the windshield. If the airbag deploys, it can generate enough force to injure your pet.
Nevada Highway Patrol says if a pet is on your lap or on the dashboard, and it's blocking your view, you could be cited for not giving "full time and attention" to the road. NHP admits, though, that is not often cited.
If you love having your pet in the car, use a harness, doggie car seat, or pet safety seat belt. The items can be purchased for $20 to $70.
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