MAKES SENSE: Call it what you like! A Vehicle Safety Belt, an Auto Tether, or a doggy seat belt - it just makes sense to have one for your dog. Securing your dog in your car makes sense for many more reasons than just avoiding a ticket!
PREVENTS ACCIDENTS: A Vehicle Safety Belt actually prevents accidents. Most dog/car accidents are caused by a dog that distracted the driver. So many dogs are like jumping beans in the car. A seat belt is for them. Other dogs are very mellow - until you make a sudden stop, or have an emergency steering situation. Now that mellow dog is anxious and scared, and trying to get into your lap. A seat belt is for them.
SECURES YOUR PET: If you ever do have to slam on the brakes, it is a great idea to have your dog tethered- versus flying through the air.
KEEPS YOUR DOG SAFE: And most importantly - if you are in an accident, and a rescuer opens your door to get you out - your loose dog is likely to run out the door - into traffic . . . or just away. Neither situation is good. And both can be avoided, with a seat belt.
PREVENT TRAFFIC TICKETS: Lastly, Yes . . . Police are now ticketing for having a loose dog in the car. Some states have specific animal tethering regulations for vehicles. Yet, police in any state can write a ticket for an un-tethered dog in the car under general 'Distracted Driver' or 'Improperly Transporting an Animal' provisions.