Say What?! Weirdest State Driving Laws
By: Good2GoPublished: October 13, 2014
Whether we like them or not, state driving laws have been put in place for a reason. Without them, there would be chaos on every roadway imaginable, resulting in injuries, fines, jail time and car repairs – lots of them. But do some driving laws leave you scratching your head and thinking “huh?!” If so, you’re not alone. While some laws make perfect sense like don’t text and drive, other provisions are outdated and downright weird. Here’s a look at some of the weirdest, most nonsensical state driving laws that ever existed in the U.S.
Alabama has enlisted the help of Captain Obvious when drafting some of their driving laws. For example, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
In Hartford, Connecticut, pedestrians are not allowed to cross a street while walking on their hands. So if you have knack for handstands, wait until you’ve cross the street (on your feet, of course) before showing off your talent.
In New Britain, CT, it seems they’ve taken speeding laws to a whole new level. In this town, it is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when they are heading out to fight a fire.
Drivers in Delaware are prohibited from “baring all” inside their vehicle. To be more specific, in Rehoboth Beach, DE, no person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle. Sag Harbor, NY has a similar law making it illegal to take your clothes off in your car.
“The owner of the gray, 15,000 lb. elephant, you left your lights on.” In Florida, if an elephant is tied to a parking meter, you will have to pay for it just as you would a regular vehicle. That sounds fair.
In Georgia, some vehicles double as spittoons. In Marietta, GA, citizens are permitted to spit on trucks, but not on cars or buses. How courteous!
In other animal-related traffic laws, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road in Georgia, which is strange considering that ducks have the right-of-way in Temecula, CA. Seriously, like what the cluck?!
If you’re looking for an easy way to spend 30 days in jail, visit Derby, Kansas where it is considered a misdemeanor to screech your tires while driving.
If you have a hankering for a Boston cream doughnut in South Berwick, Maine, park carefully. A town ordinance has made it illegal to park your car in front of the Dunkin Donuts on Main St. (West), so you may want to take your doughnut runs elsewhere.
Transporting your pet to the veterinarian? Make sure it isn’t a primate. In Massachusetts, it is illegal for a driver to have a gorilla in the backseat of their car. Before you go bananas, ask yourself this one question: “Why is there a gorilla in my backseat?”
If you’re driving through Minnesota, avoid mud, dirt and anything else that may leave tracks. Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance, affecting the public peace, safety and general welfare of others.
Most out-of-state drivers who visit New Jersey are aware that it is against the law to pump your own gas. That’s because all gas stations are full service.
But one law that you may not be too familiar with is that it is against the law to “frown” at a police officer. This law definitely sounds outdated, but we wouldn’t recommend frowning at an officer either. Just saying.
In Oregon, it is illegal to carry a minor on the external part of a vehicle. That’s right. If a driver carries any person under the age of 18 on the hood, fender, running board or other external part of any motor vehicle that is on the highway, they will face a penalty. However, it is not an offense if the vehicle is part of a parade, if the minor has a hunting license, or if the minor is secured by a seatbelt or harness.
Pennsylvania is known for its rich American history, but some of its traffic laws need to step into the 21st century. In PA, any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue driving. At least you’ll have a good reason for why you’re late for dinner – again.
For the record, while there are certainly some head scratchers on this list, keep in mind that many of these driving laws were established centuries ago. Some of these laws went out of date or were later repealed, but many are still on the books, but are not enforced because let’s face it… an elephant tied to a parking meter in Florida?
Tell us some of the weird driving laws in your state, city or county in the comments below.
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