WESTPORT - Westport police have charged a 22-year-old man with negligent homicide after they say his dog jumped into his lap while driving, causing an accident that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man back in April.

Brian Taplinger, 22, surrendered in connection with the crash that killed Geoffrey Reynolds, 70, on Greens Farms Road.

Despite potential hazards, there is no law forcing drivers to restrain their animals while driving.

Police, however, say they can still issue tickets if they believe a dog's movement is interfering with a driver's ability to concentrate and therefore causing a hazard to other motorists.

If convicted, Taplinger could face up to six months behind bars.