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Is It Legal to Drive With Pets in Your Lap?

Happy "Love Your Pet" Day! To mark this special occasion, pet lovers and annoyed drivers alike may be wondering: Is it legal to drive with pets in your lap?

The answer depends on your state's traffic laws. At least one state has an explicit statute that prohibits you from holding your pet while driving; in other states, drivers with animals in their laps can potentially be ticketed under distracted driving laws, according to USA Today.

Bottom line: Those with furry passengers on their person could be in for a bumpy ride. Here's what you need to know about driving with pets in your lap:

Can you leave the house without your ID? It seems like a silly question to most, but with some shifts in state immigration laws, it has become a serious question.

In a perfect world, you wouldn't need to carry your ID on you at all times. But here's what you might expect in the real world:

3 Texting Crash Videos Every Driver Should Watch

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then videos of people texting while driving should give you millions of reasons to stay off your phone when you're behind the wheel.

From crashing into cows to slamming into manure trucks, texting while driving can lead to dangerous, costly, and sometimes smelly car crashes.

Here are three texting crash videos and legal lessons we can learn from them:

Fighting a speeding ticket when the officer uses a radar gun is difficult, but not impossible. As with other instruments like Breathalyzers, a radar gun is not without its potential flaws.

Here are three possible ways you may be able to challenge radar gun evidence in court:

Supreme Court Calendar: 10 Cases to Watch in Jan.

If you take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's calendar for January, you may notice a few cases that are of particular interest to you.

From gun ownership rights to presidential powers, the Court is slated to hear a wide variety of legal issues over five days of oral arguments this month.

Here are 10 Supreme Court cases to watch, in chronological order:

Is It Legal to Eat and Drive?

Here's a question that hungry commuters may want answered: Is it legal to eat and drive?

It may seem like a silly question, given the number of drive-thru food options available. But with distracted driving laws on the books nationwide, can eating while driving technically be considered unlawful?

So far, there's no law that explicitly bans the act of "eating" behind the wheel. However, because of the way distracted driving laws are worded, local law enforcement could potentially determine that shoveling a muffin in your mouth while maneuvering through traffic is enough to warrant a ticket.

Is It Legal to Drive With Dealer Plates?

Whether it's your neighbor or a complete stranger, you may have spotted a car or two on the road with dealer plates.

But is it legal to drive with dealer plates?

Top 10 Holiday Travel Legal Tips

Traveling for the holidays? If so, the last thing you'll want to deal with is trouble with the law.

Millions of Americans are driving, or taking planes, trains, and/or buses to visit friends and family for the holidays. While many accidents are out of your control, it's a good idea to be prepared for some common legal predicaments.

So before you cram all that fruitcake into your bag, here are 10 holiday travel legal tips to take along with you:

Va. Highway Toll Evader Fights $202K Bill

A Virginia highway toll evader managed to rack up quite a bill: $202,000. The Virginia Department of Transportation sued Jason Bourcier when his bill ballooned from $440 to more than $200,000 over four years, including late fees and interest.

But Bourcier, 33, of Arlington, caught a lucky break when a court shrank the bill to $40,000 (with interest, it's $96,498). Maybe he made a fountain wish with one of the quarters he failed to fork over?

Jokes aside, Bourcier's story is a reminder that failing to pay minor traffic bills can come back to haunt you in a big way.

Chicago Speed Cameras: 2,700 Tickets in 1st Month

Chicago's new speed cameras are barely a month old, but they're churning out a red-hot number of tickets.

More than 2,700 tickets and 324,000 warning notices have been issued during the first month of enforcement, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

But has the system had a meaningful impact on Chicagoans with lead feet?