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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is illegal to drive through playgrounds in Dublin, Georgia. (Someone actually had to be told this?)
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.
In Mount Vernon, Iowa, it is illegal to throw your wagon onto the highway. Keep the Red Riders on the surface streets.
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.
You can be fined in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, if your pet molests a vehicle.
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?)
Swearing from a vehicle in Rockville, Maryland, is considered a misdemeanor.
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?)
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.
Officials in University City, Missouri, have made it illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car.
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 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.
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.
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).
In Canton, Ohio, people wearing roller skates cannot share the streets with cars.
In Oklahoma, you’ll be ticketed if caught reading a comic book while driving.
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.
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.
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?)
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.