12 Strange Driving Laws You’ve Never Heard Of
As a general rule of thumb, any time you inspect local laws you’re going to find some wacky gems that are either outdated or completely ridiculous to the casual observer. The same goes for traffic regulations. Every state’s got one or two goofy driving laws, but I’ll outline some of the real head-scratchers below.
Alabama – As a state law, it’s illegal to drive while wearing a blindfold. Seems like an obviously bad idea, but apparently enough boneheads have tried it to necessitate legislation.
University City, Missouri – Here in this small suburb of St. Louis, it’s illegal to honk another driver’s horn. Whether that restricts passengers from leaning over and laying into the horn on the driver’s behalf, or random pedestrians sticking their arm in the window when you stop at a red light, it’s anyone’s guess. Just don’t do it!
Scituate, Rhode Island – Apparently drunk driving is so prevalent that they’ve even outlawed traveling with unopened beer in tote. I wonder if they have a squad car stationed across from the liquor store parking lot.
Youngstown, Ohio – It’s illegal to run out of gas here. It’s also illegal on the Autobahn in Germany, but there it makes more sense. Best to fill your tank up before it hits “E” so you don’t get in trouble.
Minnetonka, Minnesota – Best to avoid mudding or off-roading if you’re in the area – any car with excessive dirt on the body or the wheels is susceptible to ticketing. Perhaps a way to boost the economy via local car wash companies? Who knows?
Little Rock, Arkansas – It’s illegal to honk your horn after 9 p.m. In the vicinity of a restaurant that sells sandwiches or cold drinks. Because it’s rude? Because babies and old people are sleeping? Because the sandwich technician could be startled while cutting your sandwich in half and end up losing a finger? Your guess is as good as mine.
Dublin, Georgia – For good reason, it’s very much illegal to drive through playgrounds. I wonder how many swing sets were destroyed before they said “enough!”
Topeka, Kansas – When driving on a specific street, Kansas Avenue, it’s considered unlawful to carry dead poultry. Whether it’s a frozen turkey or a bucket of fried chicken, it’s best to find a different route home from the grocery store.
Moving along to international regulations:
Cyprus – No food or drink in the car. If you get hungry or thirsty, you’d better pull over somewhere. I wonder if the cops would make an exception for donuts?
Philippines – If you’re riding a scooter, you’d better have closed-toe shoes. Sandals, flip-flops or bare feet could incur a fine.
Denmark – You can’t start your car if there’s someone underneath of it. Maybe one too many atuo mechanics suffered heart attacks during pranks gone wrong.
Canada – Driving more than 31 miles per hour or more over the speed limit is considered street racing and could result in a $10,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Ouch!
That’s the list! There are plenty more, but I feel like these are definitely the most strange and interesting. It’s hard to say whether these laws are ever actually enforced, but if you find yourself in any of the areas outlined above, you’d better watch out for a bored police officer who needs to meet his quota of silly tickets. In any case, it’s clear that the best driver is one who pays attention and observes all known driving laws. Stay safe and thanks for reading!
Author bio: Mike Martin is a consultant and blogger in the automotive industry, covering a wide range of topics geared towards drivers and business owners alike. He has written for the Wolfe Automotive Group as well as other Kansas City body shops.
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