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October 27, 2012

I was curious to know what prompted lawmakers in New Jersey to propose the bill requiring that pets be restrained in the vehicle. I expected to find a politician who had had a personal bad experience. But the real inspiration for the new dog seat belt law was a fourth-grade elementary class.

While many feel it is silly for politicians to waste their time making insignificant laws when there are bigger fish to fry, I find it fascinating to know that the idea actually came from children. As parents, we may shelter our children from some of the more controversial issues of the day. They don’t understand the economic debates, why people have to fight in war, what the death penalty means, etc. But they do understand the simple concern for their four-legged siblings. I can just hear a child asking mom why she has to wear a seat belt but Fido doesn’t. After all, if she is safer wearing a seat belt, why wouldn’t her best friend wear one too? The world sure is different through the eyes of a child.

Assemblywoman Grace Spencer was visiting a Newark charter school when a fourth-grade class gave her the idea. She didn’t just disregard the children’s concern or label it as silly or stupid. She went further and decided to ask her veterinarian for more information. If you want to know more about Grace Spencer’s push for the dog seat belt law in New Jersey, click HERE. To review the proposed law, click HERE.

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2 Responses to “Who Proposed the Dog Seat Belt Law in New Jersey and Why”

  1. Hawk aka BrownDog:

    Hi Y’all!
    Hey! I wear a seat belt in the car or ride in my crate if in the SUV. When I was young the seat belt didn’t work ’cause I just chewed through them…too confining don’t ya’ know. Now at age 6 I’m mature enough to accept the inevitable.

    Thanks for stoppin’!
    All kinds of mischief going on…
    Have a wonderful week!

    Y’all hurry back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. SephiAndMaya:

    Thanks for stopping by, Hawk! We’re glad to see you ride safe too. 🙂