R.I. Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Driving With Dogs Drivers caught with lap dogs could face a fine of up to $125, according to a proposed measure in Rhode Island. A similar law was passed in California in 2008, but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

R.I. Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Driving With Dogs

R.I. Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Driving With Dogs

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Drivers caught with lap dogs could face a fine of up to $125, according to a proposed measure in Rhode Island. A similar law was passed in California in 2008, but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business is about another driving hazard, DWD: driving with dogs.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Mitt Romney has taken a lot of heat this political season over a decades-old story in which his dog was strapped to the roof of his car while going on a family vacation.

MONTAGNE: OK. Well, in Rhode Island, dog owners may not have a cozier option. A state lawmaker has proposed a bill banning driving with your dog on your lap. Drivers caught with lap dogs could face a fine of up to $125. A similar law was passed here in California in 2008, but was vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is apparently also a dog lover.

INSKEEP: Dog lovers aside, a recent survey by the Automobile Association of America found over 30 percent of drivers admitted that pets loose in cars are a distraction.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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