State looking to ban driving with dogs on lap

(Associated Press)

LANSING, Mich. – Dogs in one state will no longer be allowed to enjoy the best seat in the car if a lawmaker has their way.

Rep. LaTanya Garrett of Detroit filed a bill that would prohibit drivers from driving in Michigan with their pooch on their lap.

According to MLive.com, drivers who violate the law would face a fine of $100 for the first offense, and $200 for following offenses.

"It's just too much going on when a driver really needs to be focused on the road. Two seconds of being distracted can cost lives, it can be very fatal," Garrett told MLive. 

Many states require dogs to be properly restrained while in a vehicle, but if the bill is turned into law, it would be specific to dogs driving in laps.

However, Dogs would still be allowed in the front seat for medical purposes.