Is driving with dogs on laps really a traffic danger? If this bill passes, it could mean a $200 fine!

Rep. LaTanya Garrett has introduced House Bill 5527 to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. If this bill is passed, this could mean driving with a dog on your lap will land you with a sizable fine. How much of a fine? $100 for the first offense and $200 on any subsequent incident.

The bill states, “An individual shall not operate a motor vehicle while a dog is sitting in his or her lap.” The only exception is for those that are medically necessary to be there under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Well, that’s definitely illegal. Photo courtesy of Community Table.

But is driving with a dog on your lap really a public danger? It may be more dangerous than you think. Some believe that it can even be as dangerous as texting while driving.

This question was even debated on Ask a Trooper, where Trooper Andrew Young commented: “I think this type of behavior is much like someone talking on the phone, and again there is no law prohibiting adults from having phone conversations (calls) while driving.”

Rep. LaTanya Garrett shares these viewpoints. “It’s just too much going on when a driver really needs to be focused on the road. Two seconds of being distracted can cost lives, it can be very fatal,” Garrett said. “This is about making sure Michigan drivers are safe.”

Hawaii and New Jersey already have statutes prohibiting holding dogs on laps. Do you think this is something Michigan needs to implement? Let us know in the comments below!

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