Man ticketed for having dog on lap while driving

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BOSTON (WHDH) — It’s no surprise man’s best friend likes to stick close by, but your dog might want to take a backseat the next time you’re driving.

“We were at a stop, just like this, and he came over to the car and said it’s against the law for me to have a dog in my lap while I’m driving,” said Chris Whyknock.

Chris Whyknock and his puppy, Bear, were driving along when a Massachusetts state trooper spotted the dog gave Whyknock a $35 dollar ticket.

“I didn’t know what to think. I was totally unaware that it’s against the law,” Whyknock said.

But it is.

While there may be no specific mention of a dog in the law, state police say a dog could interfere with the operation of your vehicle, and having a pet on your lap puts “…your safety, your pet’s safety and safety of those around you in jeopardy.”

“If you drive through Boston, you see people all the time with dogs on their laps especially in the summer with the windows down. It’s just a normal occurrence,” Whyknock said.

Whyknock is fighting the fine and making sure all pet owners know about it before they get ticketed.

“If it is going to be a law that my fellow citizens of Massachusetts should know about it because a lot of people do do it and I’d hate for someone else to get a citation,” Whyknock said.

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