Driving while holding pet; prohibited. (HB212)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driving while holding pet. Prohibits driving a motor vehicle while holding a pet. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102464D
12/27/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/15/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB212)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB212)
02/12/2014Left in Transportation


Carol Lindstrom writes:

So, in an emergency, I would not be allowed to hold my pet while getting it to the veterinarian? For an unconscious pet, holding might be the only way to keep an airway open, or to slow bleeding. I would think it might be safer for me to hold the pet for that 1 mile drive on a low traffic road than to have it in seat beside me, trying to hold it there, distracting from view of road. For people simply holding a pet because they want to, well there's a lot of people who will not like this but, I don't see that as being potentially harmful to the pet. The case of emergencies should be addressed though. It's not like you can call an ambulance!

Robert G Lamond Jr writes:

I support this bill with an exemption added such as described by Carol Lindstrom. In my experience it is far more likely for a driver just to be holding a pet in their lap just because they want to with no emergency in progress. The danger in this is to other drivers when the pet suddenly scratches or jumps startling the driver and potentially causing an accident.