Is it safe for my dog to ride on my lap?

Although there are currently no specific laws that prohibit pets from riding in the front seats of your vehicle in Pennsylvania, it can be construed as Careless Driving under The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. 

That is, if your pet obscures your clear vision of the roadway in any direction or otherwise distracts you from safely operating your vehicle, it very well may apply. Furthermore, if your Careless Driving activities cause the injury or death of another, it may also bring potential criminal penalties. 

Motorists need to also understand that pets can suffer catastrophic injuries by the sheer force of your vehicle's airbags being deployed or your pet being ejected in a roll-over crash. 

If you must drive with your pet in your vehicle, consider purchasing a pet restraint system and keep pets stowed safely in the rear seats. 

For more tips on safely transporting animals in various kinds of vehicles, please visit the following links: