In Mantua, Ohio, police will start citing drivers who are distracted beginning Dec. 20. Under the law, distracted driving includes writing, reading or sending texts and using a cellphone.
In a Facebook post, Mantua Police Department said, “In addition, drivers will not be allowed to hold an animal or allow an animal to distract their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely."
They added, “A violation of this ordinance will be a minor misdemeanor for a first offense and if convicted of a second offense within one year, or if a violation of this ordinance causes a vehicle collision resulting in personal injury to any person, a misdemeanor of the third degree."
Is driving with a dog on your lap a dangerous distraction?