Most of the traffic laws you’re aware of make some amount of sense. Maybe you’d like to drive a little faster or you think red light cameras are unfair, but at the very least you can usually find a logical reason as to why certain laws were created. Dig far enough into your state’s law books, though, and you might find some pretty startling regulations. Here are 10 of the strangest laws in the United States that are really on the books and enforceable.
Apparently, the folks in Alabama have no sense of adventure. They’d prefer you be able to see the road given that they’ve found it necessary to create a law stating that it’s illegal to drive while blindfolded. Now where’s the fun in that?
If you’re traveling in Alaska, you’ll have to be careful when you tie your equipment to the top of the car. They have a law stating that it’s illegal to tether your dog to the roof of your car. Where else are you supposed to put Rex?
In Chico, California it’s illegal to plant rutabagas on any of the roadways. Reasonable, given the rash of people jumping out of their cars to plant rutabagas on the 405. If you think that’s odd, travel to Eureka, California, where they’ve deemed it a crime to use the roadway as a bed.
In Dublin, Georgia you’ll have to make sure to curb your excitement about visiting the playground. They’ve created a law stating that it’s illegal to drive your car through a playground. Apparently motor vehicles and monkey bars just don’t mix.
They must have something against obnoxious noises in Kansas because the legislators there have created a law stating that you cannot screech your tires. If you think it’s comical, just go there and try it; you’ll be spending up to 30 days in jail.
In South Berwick, Maine you can be ticketed for parking in front of Dunkin Donuts. We’re just as confused as you are.
If you go to Massachusetts, you’d better take it seriously and stop monkeying around. It’s illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat. This law begs the question: when was that ever a problem?
Apparently the good citizens of University City have played a few too many rounds of Mario Kart. As it turns out, it’s illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car when driving in University City. We’re assuming it’s also illegal to hit the car in front of you hoping to gain the contents of that person’s vehicle.
You’d better grab your things and go when entering and exiting your vehicle in Oregon. You can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than a law enforcement officer deems necessary.
If you’re in South Carolina, don’t think you can just leave your trash in the car. That drink cup you forgot to take in or the fast food bag you neglected on the floor could cost you a ticket. That’s because in South Carolina it’s actually illegal to leave trash in your car due to the rampant rat problem. Well, rats!
This law isn’t on the books anymore, but it was too good to leave out. Up until 2011, if you were released from jail in the state of Arizona you were required by law to receive a gun, a horse, and a clean change of clothing. Someone who had done their homework was released from prison and requested those items. Because it was the law, the jail had to provide them. The law was subsequently removed from the books.
These laws are good fun to laugh at, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Many strange laws exist not just in the realm of traffic law but in all areas of law. Do some research and see if your state has any funny or odd laws. They’re great conversation starters. That being said, most laws are no laughing matter, so if you’ve been accused of something a little more serious than driving around with a gorilla, make sure you contact a traffic attorney in your state. Only a qualified traffic attorney can help you obtain the most favorable result possible given your unique situation.