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More Regulations: NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car
The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2012 | Erica Ritz

Posted on 06/04/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks.

According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the window, or even in the back of a pickup truck.

Dogs, apparently, should be placed in harnesses and then buckled in, and cats should go in a carrier which can be subsequently buckled in.

Ray Martinez, the head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says it is part of a larger “Click It or Ticket” effort to avoid distracted driving.

“It’s not cute,” he condemned. “It’s actually dangerous for the driver. It’s dangerous for other drivers and it’s dangerous for that pet.”

According to the New Jersey Newsroom, the regulation actually falls under the parameters of animal cruelty, and the fine can be coupled with a six month term in jail and a disorderly persons offense.

Col. Frank Rizzo, police superintendent for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty, further clarified that the fine occurs for each “offense.”

“So, if you have more than one animal loose in your car, just do the math…” he said.

WTXF-TV interviewed New Jersey residents, most of whom were sympathetic with the regulation:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bans; berkley; cars; clickitorticket; doggieping; dogs; donttreadonme; drivers; govtabuse; homeless; nannystate; sidewalks; tyranny

1 posted on 06/04/2012 4:33:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 06/04/2012 4:37:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That is why we have “crates” or animal carriers.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 4:39:32 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What a moronic stupid law. Okay, TSR... how long do you think before Maryland passes such a law? My prediction: within 2 years.


4 posted on 06/04/2012 4:41:01 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Biggirl

You’re kidding right? Nothing makes a dog happier than to hang its head out the window while riding down the road.


5 posted on 06/04/2012 4:41:57 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

I was taken aback by this recent state ruling. Good grief state government at work.


6 posted on 06/04/2012 4:45:17 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: momtothree
What a moronic stupid law.

tailor made for the sorts of people who drive around with cats on their dashboards.

7 posted on 06/04/2012 4:49:50 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

"Not restrained? Seriously? That cop should see me when I'm not restrained."


8 posted on 06/04/2012 4:51:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: momtothree

Wouldn’t surprise me if it was already on the books in Murland.


9 posted on 06/04/2012 4:56:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hey New Jersey legislators. You Suck!



10 posted on 06/04/2012 4:59:38 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Ray Martinez, the head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says it is part of a larger “Click It or Ticket” effort to avoid distracted driving enhance government revenue.
11 posted on 06/04/2012 5:03:20 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
When our cats travel with us, they usually curl up under the driver's seat. No distractions. However, I think I'll stay out of NJ just in case.
12 posted on 06/04/2012 5:27:15 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Slings and Arrows

“... drive around with cats on their dashboards”.

A few drops of Super Glue usually keeps them securely fixed to the dash board. (Before you ping the Slings and Arrows... it is a JOKE. LOL!)


13 posted on 06/04/2012 5:39:19 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ll probably get slammed for this...but as someone who drives a LOT...it’s very annoying to see people driving around with dogs on their laps. C’mon, really? You need to drive around w/ a dog on your lap? And people who drive on the freaking highway at 70-80 MPG with their dogs in the back of the open pickup bed. That just is wrong IMO. It is not safe for the animal or the rest of us out driving around at the same time. Kind of like those idiots who text while driving.

Hey, you can do anything you want on your property. But if you’re going to go out on public roads driving...I think you should be paying attention to the dang road and other vehicles and not texting, shaving, putting on mascara or having some little (or big) dog taking your attention away from your real responsibility. You know...driving a heavy metal object that requires some attention to freaking details. (say other cars)

Done w/ rant. Putting on flame resistant suit and ducking.


14 posted on 06/04/2012 6:03:58 PM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car

Politicians are WAY more dangerous than [useful, domesticated] animals -- what's the fine for letting one of those run around without human supervision?

15 posted on 06/04/2012 7:22:38 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Read the tag line and rejoice with our statist overlords.


16 posted on 06/04/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
...to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the window, or even in the back of a pickup truck.

So...the Back-Seat unrestrained is OK then? What's partially out a window? The muzzle? A Paw? The whole head? If a tail is outside the window wagging - is there a fine with that too?

Dogs, apparently, should be placed in harnesses and then buckled in, and cats should go in a carrier which can be subsequently buckled in.

So...even if your cat is in a carrier - and it's NOT buckled in they can still fine you?

How many people thought when they put seatbelt laws in effect with fines that it would get to pets too? Pretty soon we'll need to buy restraints for the drink holder compartments - and if we don't we'll get fined.

Getting mighty ticked-off at these slippery slopes.

17 posted on 06/04/2012 8:27:20 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: momtothree
“... drive around with cats on their dashboards”.

A few drops of Super Glue usually keeps them securely fixed to the dash board. (Before you ping the Slings and Arrows... it is a JOKE. LOL!)

LOL -- That gave me a good chuckle; thank you.

18 posted on 06/04/2012 10:43:07 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: conservaKate
And people who drive on the freaking highway at 70-80 MPG with their dogs in the back of the open pickup bed.

Miles per gallon? (Of what?)

19 posted on 06/04/2012 10:44:17 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: eyedigress

Whatever. It’s a joke and nobody cares.

I saw 3 pooches unrestrained in cars on the way home today in the DPRNJ.

There was no SWAT team asking the offender to come out with their paws up.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 6:07:12 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 06/05/2012 8:57:51 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: OneWingedShark

yeah..I saw that mpg. nothing like a typo to ruin a rant.

Of course I meant mph.

Don’t like seeing animals in the back of open truck on the freeway. Saw one get hit by a semi once. It was not pleasant and I’ve never forgotten seeing that poor animal fly out the back of the truck. Never should have happened.


22 posted on 06/06/2012 5:59:05 PM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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