PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dogs would be forbidden from sharing the driver’s seat with motorists under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
The proposed fines are $85 for a first offense, $100 for the second and $125 for subsequent offenses. Violations would be heard at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.
The dog bill, introduced by Rep. Peter G. Palumbo, D-Cranston, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Palumbo said he submitted the proposal on behalf of Cranston constituent Suzanne Arena.
Arena said in an interview that she became concerned last year when she was driving with her children and another driver, with a dog in the front seat, changed lanes at a busy intersection on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston.