While patrolling the roads of Innisfail, police noticed a driver of vehicle had his furry little friend sitting unrestrained on his lap.

After the police pulled the driver over, they issued an infringement notice under s 297(1A) of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009.

The man was fined a whopping $718 for driving his vehicle while his beloved dog sat on his lap.

To avoid receiving a fine, it is recommended that pets be restrained in the car, despite it not being a legal requirement to do so.  This will help avoid any sudden movements by the animal that could cause the driver to momentarily lose control of the car.

If a cage is not an option, special harnesses that clip onto the existing seat belt in the car are now readily available to help ensure both pets and owners remain safe while in the car.

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