Wait… What? Really Weird Driving Laws Around The United States

It’s illegal to drive with your dog tethered to the roof of your vehicle in at least three states. Photo from www.bulgaria-life.com

Sure, we get that laws are put in place to help protect people and keep the citizens safe, but sometimes the politicians can go a little bit overboard (like we really needed to tell you that). We took a look through the vehicle codes from all 50-states to find some of the weirdest laws on the books that involve vehicles and driving. Some of them are shocking and others will leave you wondering why the lawmakers felt a need to make a law concerning that at all. For instance, in Missouri it is illegal to honk someone else’s horn. Was that really a problem that needed to be addressed by a vehicle code? 

If you think that is strange, try these weird laws out:

Drivers in Alabama needed to be warned against driving blindfolded. Photo from www.consciousdancer.com

Alabama 

It is illegal to drive blindfolded in Alabama. We don’t know how much of a problem this is, or was, but maybe other states need to take a harder look at this law and include it in their vehicle codes. On the surface this sounds like a good law. We certainly don’t want people driving blindfolded on our streets.

Alaska 

While it is legal to have a roof rack or a ski rack on the top of your car in Alaska, it is illegal to tether a dog to the roof of a car. Maybe this was why Mitt Romney did not do so well in the last Presidential election.

It’s illegal to blare a car horn where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m. in Arkansas. Photo from www.pinterest.com

Arkansas authorities have deemed it illegal to blare a car horn where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m. It seems as if the servers in Arkansas are more skitterish after prime time. 

California

Californians love their cars and no one can dispute that. They also have the weirdest lawmakers on the planet, so we expected some strange vehicle laws from the left coast. They didn’t let us down

It is illegal in Eureka, California, to use a road as a bed

Officials in Chico, California, have made it illegal to plant rutabagas in roadways

Officials in Glendale, California, decided to make it illegal to jump from a car at 65-mph

The one California vehicle law that we did agree with comes from Hermosa Beach, California. Officials there have made it illegal to spill your Margarita on any street. It’s about time someone did something about alcohol abuse.

Connecticut

Hunting from cars in Connecticut is illegal, even during deer season. We don’t know if intensionally hitting a rabbit on the road is considered hunting from your car or not.

Georgia

It is illegal to drive through playgrounds in Dublin, Georgia. (Someone actually had to be told this?)

No fancy bicycle riding in Galesburg, Illinois. Photo from singletrackworld.com

Illinois

The police in Galesburg, Illinois can arrest you for “fancy riding” on your bicycle. Keep that fancy stuff off the streets and you’ll be just fine.

Iowa

In Mount Vernon, Iowa, it is illegal to throw your wagon onto the highway. Keep the Red Riders on the surface streets.

Kansas

In Derby, Kansas, it is considered a misdemeanor to screech your tires while driving. This abominable act of hooning can cost you 30 days in jail.

In Topeka, Kansas, it is unlawful to transport dead poultry along Kansas Avenue. Someone on Kansas Avenue must hate KFC and Popeye’s Chicken. 

Pets molesting vehicles is not tolerated in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Photo from www.nationalgeographic.com

Kentucky

You can be fined in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, if your pet molests a vehicle.

Maine

You’ll be ticketed if you park in front of Dunkin Donuts in South Berwick, Maine. We’re not sure about Krispy Kreme donut shops. (Where do the cops park?)

Maryland

Swearing from a vehicle in Rockville, Maryland, is considered a misdemeanor.

You cannot operate your vehicle with a gorilla in the back seat in Massachusetts. Photo from view mixed.com

It is illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the back seat. (Does that mean that all Mothers-in-law must ride in the front in Massachusetts?)

Minnesota

In Minnetonka, Minnesota if you drive a truck that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on any road you will be considered a public nuisance that is harming the peace, safety and general welfare of the town.

Missouri

Officials in University City, Missouri, have made it illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car.

Nevada

Be careful if you watch cars in Reno, Nevada. Authorities there have made it illegal to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road.

New Jersey

New Jersey residents are required by law to honk before passing. In Blairstown, New Jersey, officials have made it illegal to plant trees in the middle of the street.

New York

In Sag Harbor, New York, it is illegal to disrobe in your car. We couldn’t find any laws about disrobing outside of your car in the vehicle codes.

North Carolina 

Officials in Dunn, North Carolina are a busy group. First, they have made it illegal to play in traffic. There is no age limit attached to this law so telling your neighbor’s kid to “go play in traffic” could result in a fine for the youngster. Second, it is illegal to drive through a cemetery if you’re not there to dig a grave or bury someone. And third, city officials still deem it illegal to drive on sidewalks. (Just because you drove your big wheel there doesn’t mean you can drive your car there).

You cannot drive on the sidewalk in North Carolina. Photo from we interrupt.com

Ohio

In Canton, Ohio, people wearing roller skates cannot share the streets with cars. 

Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, you’ll be ticketed if caught reading a comic book while driving.

Oregon

In Oregon you can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than is deemed necessary.

You will be slapped with a Class A traffic violation if you use your car on an Oregon highway to prove your physical endurance.

You cannot use your car on a highway to prove your physical endurance in Oregon. Photo from cars.uk.msn.com

Rhode Island

In Scituate, Rhode Island, it is illegal to drive with beer in your vehicle even if it is unopened. So, in other words, if you’re a beer delivery driver you’re screwed.

South Carolina

In Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your vehicle due to rat problems. (Does that go for garbage trucks too?)

West Virginia

In West Virginia it is perfectly legal for anyone to scavenge road kill.

If you know of a funny vehicle law on the record books, or if you have found these ones interesting, please leave us a note in the comments telling us about the laws. We look forward to hearing your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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