A solicitor has said that it may be time that cars had "doggy seats" as well as baby seats.

Seamus Quigley was speaking at Derry Magistrate's Court this during the case of local woman observed driving a car with a dog on her lap.

ThLaureen Murray (44), of Brompton Court, admitted a charge of careless driving and failing to produce her licence on 2 August last.

The court heard that police observed Murray's car on the Clooney Road and she had a small Yorkshire terrier on her lap.

The court was told they observed the car again on the Clooney dual carriageway and the dog was running back and forth across the front seat.

The court police signalled her to stop and issued her with a fixed penalty notice for careless driving.

THe heard Murray produced the paper part of her licence but despite repeated requests did not produce the plastic part.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court:"We have all heard of baby seats perhaps it is time we had doggy seats.'

The court was told that Murray was driving with two dogs in the car and they were confined but he said they started fighting so she was forced to let one out.

Murray was fined £85 and given three penalty points.

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