You have to figure if talking on your phone is illegal and if texting is illegal, you'd think driving with a dog on your lap is very illegal, right? Well, I asked Washington State Patrol because I was curious.

Turns out, it's not. I had to reach out to my buddy Trooper Johnson to get the scoop. Here's what he said.

There is no law making this illegal, however, if the pet causes poor driving the driver could be stopped and cited for the violations that were committed. In reality, it is not safe for the pet just as it is not safe for a human to be unrestrained in a moving vehicle.

So, there you go. It's not illegal, but probably not a smart idea.