Don’t Get Caught Breaking These Bizarre Traffic Laws
It seems as if even the commonplace traffic laws are difficult to keep track of. They often vary wildly depending upon the state (or even the municipality), and the actual text of the laws contain technicalities and details that are often impossible to understand unless you graduated from law school. But even they seem straightforward and normal compared to this collection of weird traffic laws that will truly leave you scratching your head in bewilderment. Some of these are funny, some are infuriating, some made sense at one point or another, and some seem to have no basis in logic at all. But what unites these is that they’re all among the strangest and most obscure traffic laws on the books.
Better not lay on those brakes too hard!
Yes, because screeching your tires is against the law in Kansas. This was likely put in place to curb the practice of street racing, which often begins with participants screeching wildly before putting the car in gear. You need to do something on those wide-open Kansas roads as well as discover the pros & cons of manual vs. automatic transmission!
If you spot your friend at the fast-food joint, don’t honk at them.
In Arkansas, it’s illegal to honk your horn after 9:00 PM at any establishment that sells sandwiches and cold beverages, which basically includes any fast-food restaurant.
Keep Fido away from those cars.
If you find yourself in Fort Thomas, KY, and your dog needs to relieve himself, you’d be wise to find a spot away from any vehicles. Pets in this city are not allowed to “molest” pedestrians or passing vehicles. This seems like a rule that could be interpreted very broadly, and carries a penalty of having your pet impounded and a fine of up to $500!
Don’t forget to put on your Sunday best.
California has dozens of strange traffic laws that are still on the books, and that makes sense due to the heavily entrenched driving culture that has persisted there for decades. One of the most bizarre rules states that a woman can’t drive while wearing a housecoat. Do housecoats even still exist?
Did you replenish your collection of flares?
Pennsylvania has had a rich tradition of farming since the early days of the American colonies, and they’d sure like to keep it that way. If you’re driving don a country road in the Keystone state at night, you must stop every mile to send up a rocket signal, and you can only keep going once you’ve waited the obligatory ten minutes for any livestock to mosey out of the way.
Keep a spittoon in your vehicle.
Marietta, GA, a suburb north of Atlanta, has made it illegal to spit while you’re in a car or a bus. Seems like a reasonable way to cut down on spitting on the sidewalk, but it’s still allowed if you’re in a truck! Maybe that’s why pickup trucks are so popular in Georgia.
It’s illegal to use foul language within earshot of others in Rockville, MD, which means any time you’re in a car that’s not on a highway you may want to keep it PG. Breaking this one can carry a penalty of up to 90 days in jail, so remember that the next time someone steals your parking spot at the supermarket.
Wait, this is still a thing?
The only way a woman in Waynesboro, VA can drive a car on Main Street is if her husband is walking in front of it and waving a red flag. You should take an afternoon and get rid of this one; it’s making you look bad, Waynesboro.
Whether you find yourself faced with one of this bizarre traffic laws or the only thing you’ve ever been stopped for is running a red light, signing up for a defensive driving or traffic school course should be one of the easiest decisions you ever make. It’s easy to register for these courses, they don’t take up much of your time, and hey offer several great benefits. For example, your state may be one of the many that will dismiss a traffic citation or points on your record upon successfully completing a traffic school course. Also, insurance providers will often offer a “good driver” discount for policyholders who voluntarily complete a course. And if nothing else, you’ll learn more about the rules of the road and make driving safer for everyone!