In the state of New Jersey, it’s illegal to let your dog or cat ride in your car unless you have buckled it up in a safety harness.
If you are thinking, “the bureaucrats in New Jersey are both desperate and crazy,” you see it my way.
When bureaucrats want the public’s money, they will find creative ways to get their hands on it.
It is not clear what the justification is for this law. Is it to keep pets safe? But owners are allowed to put dogs to death. If they can put dogs to death, why can’t the determine how safe their dogs should be when riding in a car?
This is, of course, logic talking. When bureaucrats smell $1,000 fines, logic departs.
It’s kind of like Pavlov and his dogs. Think of $1,000 fines in the context of Pavlov’s bells. He rang the bell, and the dogs salivated. Say “$1,000 fines,” and bureaucrats salivate.
This will be the first law like this. If the bureaucrats get away with this politically, the idea will spread. Not to Texas, of course. Not to Montana or Wyoming. But maybe to Massachusetts.
Incredibly, officers from the New Jersey SPCA have the authority to hand out tickets.
“Some people tell us they like to let their pets hang their heads out the window to take in the fresh air,” NJSPCA superintendent Col. Frank Rizzo told The Bergen Record last week during a press conference to raise awareness of the law, “but dogs and cats become projectiles in a crash.” Rizzo told WFMY-TV that while dogs are the most common unrestrained pet, other cases have involved birds on drivers’ shoulder or cats sleeping on the dashboard.
Bureaucrats in the nanny state is ever-watchful for ways in which people are taking risks. Risks are not tolerable to the nanny state. They are especially not tolerable when fining people who take risks offers a stream of income to the state.
Are there limits to what the nanny state will not fine? We have not found such limits yet.