First the state of Florida came for the books, and now it’s coming for pet owners. A bill moving through the Florida legislature would forbid dogs from sticking their head out of car windows. The proposed measure is part of Senate Bill 932, a sweeping animal welfare bill sponsored by senate minority leader Lauren Book. Section 1 of the bill deals with transporting dogs in cars. The section would prohibit Floridians from allowing “a dog to extend its head or any other body part outside a motor vehicle window while the person is operating the motor vehicle on a public roadway.” The bill says violators would be subject to a noncriminal traffic infraction, considered a moving violation.
… The bill would ban Floridians from holding dogs in their lap while driving, or transporting their dogs via the car’s running board, fender, hood, roof, or trunk. Instead, it stipulates dogs in motor vehicles on public roadways must be either secured in appropriately-sized crates, restrained with a harness or pet seat belt, or “under the physical control of a person other than the operator of the motor vehicle.”