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Weird Traffic Laws from Each of the 50 US States

50 Weird State Laws That Govern The Nations Roads…

Updated September 28, 2018

There are some strange laws in this country when it comes to motor vehicles. Some are well-intentioned but fail, other are just outdated. Check out our favorites, below.

Alabama – There’s no mention as to where this law originated, but in Alabama it’s illegal to drive a car while blindfolded. Thank goodness one state had the foresight to get that law on the books.

Weird State Laws - Dog On Roof Rack 1Alaska – It’s illegal to tie a dog to your car roof, but there’s no mention of the hood or the trunk lid, or of cats, weasels, lizards or any other household pet.

Arizona – It’s against the law to drive a car in reverse on a public road, but there’s doesn’t seem to be a problem in Arizona with 89 year olds driving 22 mph in a 45 zone with their left blinker on the entire time.

Arkansas – Don’t drive over to the Sonic late at night and try and get the waitress’s attention by honking your car horn, because in Little Rock it’s against the law to do so anywhere that serves cold drinks or sandwiches after 9 p.m.

California – Ancient, but still on the books: It’s against the law for women to drive in a housecoat,  it’s illegal in Eureka to use the road as a bed, while in Glendale, it’s illegal to jump from a car going over 65 mph. 64 mph is so much safer.

Colorado – It’s illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday in Denver.

Weird State Laws - Car Hunting

Connecticut – it’s illegal to hunt from a car, even if it’s painted orange.

Delaware – “R” rated movies shall not be shown at drive-in theaters.

Florida – By law, you must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it. Of course, if you tie the goat and the alligator to the meter at the same time, you may return to find the goat missing.

Weird State Laws

Georgia – As you’re driving through Marietta, keep an eye on what type of vehicle that you’re following. You see, It’s illegal to spit from a car or bus, but there’s no law prohibiting spitting from  a truck. There’s no driving through playgrounds in Georgia, but it is kind of fun.

Hawaii – Hawaiians must believe that any hazard must be stationary because it’s against the law for any vehicle in motion to use its hazard lights.

Idaho – Clearly there’s an impression in the City of Idaho Falls that Senior Citizens over the age of 88 must lose all sense of balance, as it’s  forbidden for them to ride a motorcycle in that town. And over in Coeur d’Alene,  police officers must honk their horn or flash their lights and wait at least three minutes before breaking up any romantic car-based goings-on.

Weird State Laws - No Steering Wheel

Illinois –  It’s illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel, a law which must date to the early days of motoring when there were several different types of steering devices. A more modern concern: you can’t change your clothes in your car in Evanston, Illinois with curtains drawn. Must be because it’s a college town.

Indiana – It’s against the law to sell cars on Sundays. But is it against the law to buy one?

Iowa – In Mount Vernon, it’s illegal to throw a Red Ryder onto the highway, which in our opinion, should be the law of the land. The ice cream man has been banned in Indianola, Iowa.

Weird State Laws - Dead Poultry

Kansas – You can’t transport dead poultry in parts of Topeka, which has to make you wonder what goes on in the back of a KFC. Thirty days in jail provide a deterrent to any  tire screachers  in Derby, Kansas.

Kentucky – It’s illegal for your pet to molest a vehicle in Fort Thomas. Exactly what’s meant by “molest” is not outlined, so we’ll have to leave it to our imaginations.

Louisiana – Another leftover from a by-gone area that needs to come of the books: a woman’s husband is required by law to walk in front of the car waving a flag as she drives it.

Maine – It’s illegal to buy a car on a Sunday. Maybe they should hook-up with Indiana and create a Saturday “Powerball” kind of car sale.

Weird State Laws - No Swearing

Maryland – While driving through Rockville, it’s best to keep your windows up and your mouth shut. It’s a misdemeanor to swear from a vehicle in that city.

Massachusetts – You cannot drive with a gorilla in your backseat. Apparently they’re okay in the front, except for their bad habit of constantly changing the radio stations.

Michigan – It’s against the law to sit in the middle of the street and read a newspaper. Kindles and iPads have avoided the law through a technological loophole.

Minnesota – You can be charged as a public nuisance if your truck in that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on the road in Minnetonka. You’d think a place with Tonka in its would be more truck-friendly.

Mississippi – In Oxford, it’s illegal to honk your horn because it might scare nearby horses, not to mention wake the blacksmith, the chimney sweep, and the steeplejack.

Missouri – You can’t honk someone else’s car horn in University City, Missouri, which just seems like some decency to me.

Weird State Laws - No Livestock

Montana –  You can’t drive a herd of livestock numbering more than 10 on an interstate highway (!) unless the livestock is preceded and followed by flagmen escorts for the purpose of warning other highway users.

Nebraska – By law, drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right edge of the highway, even though there are no mountains in Nebraska. I figure this is one of those “just in case” laws should a 1,400 foot volcano grow out of a cornfield like one did in Mexico.

Nevada – It’s illegal to ride a camel on the highway. Of course it is.

New Hampshire – It’s against the law to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria, If you’ve ever lived in New Hampshire, you’d understand,

Weird State Laws - No License Plate Personalization

New Jersey – If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates. Maybe assigning them the license plate “Drunk Driver” might be more effective.

New Mexico – It’s illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their taxis. At least for the time being, Uber drivers are exempt.

Weird State Laws - No Disrobing

New York – It’s against the law to disrobe in your car in the beach town of Sag Harbor, Long Island.

North Carolina – In Dunn, North Carolina, they have it all covered. It’s illegal to play in traffic, drive on the sidewalk, or drive through a cemetery. Apparently streets are still okay, though.

North Dakota – It’s more about what’s not illegal here: Drivers can use a hand-held cell phone while driving, there’s no law covering drug-impaired driving, no motorcycle helmet law or rear seat belt law for adults,

Ohio – It’s illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown. Also, Roller-skaters and cars cannot share the road in Canton, Ohio. Who has right-of-way is not clear.

Weird State Laws - No Reading Comics!

Oklahoma – It’s illegal to read a comic book while driving. There’s no mention in the law about graphic novels.

Oregon – By law, you must yield to pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk. After all, it’s their tax dollars that paid for the sidewalk. Do not leave your car door open longer than necessary and don’t use your car to prove physical endurance on an Oregon road, as they are both frowned upon and illegal.

Pennsylvania –When driving on a country road at night, you must stop every mile and set off flares or other warning signals and then allow 10 minutes for livestock to clear the road

Rhode Island – It’s illegal to ride a horse on a highway for the purpose of racing or testing the speed of the horse. Apparently all other uses of a horse on the road is a-okay.

South Carolina – It’s unlawful to store trash in your vehicle in Hilton Head. Why? Rats. Aren’t you sorry you asked?

Weird State Laws - Dakota 14 Year Old Drivers

South Dakota – You only need to be 14 years old to get your license in South Dakota.

Tennessee – It’s illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle. That explains why the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga just installed bullet-proof glass.

Texas – You must have windshield wipers to register a car, although having a windshield is optional.

Utah – By law, birds have the right of way on all highways. After all, it’s their tax money that pays for the highways.

Vermont – It’s illegal for cars to backfire in Rutland. It might wake someone up.

Virginia – Women are prohibited from driving a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag

Washington – A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town. But if the caller is a criminal, how can they trust what they tell the cops?

West Virginia ­- It’s legal to eat road kill. Yep, just disgusting.

Weird State Laws - No Cycling No-Handed

Wisconsin – It’s against the law for a person to ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars. Clearly an effort to crackdown on bicycle riding scofflaws.

Wyoming – If you open a gate over a road, river, stream or ditch, you’d better close it behind you or risk a $750 fine.

If you have more crazy state laws, post them on Facebook and we’ll collect them for round two (giving you full credit, of course).

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