Most drivers in America remain aware of basic traffic laws, in order to avoid fines and citations. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all the laws. For example, in California alone, 800 new driving laws took effect in 2014.
Everyone knows we stop at red lights and go when the light turns green. However, most of us remain blissfully unaware of unusual state laws, mainly because we rarely need to know them.
What follows is a rundown of some very strange (but true) state (and city) laws regarding vehicles and their occupants. You can find basic requirements for your state at Car insurance cheap.
In the state of Alaska, it is illegal to drive with a dog tethered to the roof of your vehicle (not to mention cruel).
It is illegal to drive barefoot in the state of Alabama. Some legal analysts say this may be due to the possibility of an overheated brake pedal, which could prevent the driver from stopping.
Also in Alabama, it is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Who knew driving while blindfolded is legal in 49 states?
In Connecticut, it is unlawful to hunt from a car, whether or not the car is in motion.
It is illegal to tie an elephant to a parking meter in the state of Florida, UNLESS you feed the meter. Unfortunately, no state law says you have to feed the elephant.
Also in Florida (Sarasota to be exact) the penalty for hitting a pedestrian is a $78 fine.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to drive with a Gorilla in the back seat of your car. This makes sense, since it’s illegal to keep a gorilla. So if you find yourself forced to drive with a gorilla, let her ride up front. Better yet, let the gorilla do the driving.
In Oxford, Mississippi, horn honking is illegal because it scares the horses. So when in Oxford, just ignore that “Honk If You Love Horses” bumper sticker.
If you’re convicted of a DUI in New Jersey, your option of getting a vanity license plate is permanently revoked.
Also in New Jersey, drivers must honk before passing. In many states, honking is illegal unless it’s an emergency.
In Nevada, it is illegal to ride a camel on the highway. One wonders what strange event led to the instatement of this law.
In the state of Oklahoma, it’s illegal to read a comic book while driving. So the next time you’re cruising through Oklahoma, put away the comic book and read a romance novel instead.
In Oregon, it’s now illegal to smoke in your car if anyone under the age of 18 is riding in the car. The fine is $250 for the first offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses. Additional penalties may include sick children.
In the state of South Dakota, motorcycle riders are NOT required to wear helmets. However, riders are encouraged wear them anyway. A devastating head injury can make you even stupider than you were to be riding without a helmet to begin with.
Also in South Dakota, it’s illegal to have alcohol in your car on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, even if the product is unopened. Ironically, driving on the rez with alcohol in your car is punishable by a lengthy prison term, while the penalty for drunk driving is eight hours in jail.
In the state of Wisconsin, a cracked windshield may or may not be legal, depending on where the crack is located. Driving with a cracked windshield is legal as long as the crack is not within the range of the windshield wipers, and as long as you don’t leave Wisconsin. In other states, any windshield crack can result in a citation.