Driven to distraction: driver caught on phone with dog on lap

A driver caught with a dog on their lap while using a mobile phone has been fined.

Police said the driver - whose sex or age would not be released by ACT Policing - was pulled over on Coulter Drive, Belconnen about 4.55pm.

According to police the driver had a small dog on their lap and was driving with one hand while using a mobile phone.

The driver was slapped with fines for using a hand-held mobile phone and driving with an animal in lap totalling $670 and lost three demerit points.

"Police would like to remind all drivers that road safety is everybody’s responsibility and that anything a driver does that takes their attention away from the road could have tragic consequences for all involved," police said.

Driver distraction is any action that takes a driver's attention away from the road and onto other elements in their environment.

This includes using a mobile phone, driving with head phones, tuning a radio, managing children or pets on board, or applying make-up.

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