Dogs are not drivers, and shouldn't be in the driver's seat.
That's the message behind legislation that was passed in the Tennessee state house.
The measure, sponsored by Representative Jim Cobb, makes it illegal to not only drive with a pet in your lap, but the pet cannot be between the driver and the driver's door either.
Drivers caught with a dog in their lap would face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
The bill has been put on hold for two weeks, before the senate will discuss the issue again.