A bill filed in the North Carolina House would make it illegal to drive while holding a live animal in the driver's lap. House Bill 73, filed by Representative Garland Pierce (D-Hoke), says the fine would be $100 and court costs if a driver is cited. No driver's license points or insurance surcharge would be assessed.
The bill also says, ” the operation of a motor vehicle by a person holding a live animal in the person's lap must be prohibited as it is a distraction that endangers the safety of the driver, any passengers in the vehicle, others traveling in the same vicinity, and the animal.”
It is expected the bill will move into committee for further study.