It is common knowledge that each state has their own set of laws, and within these laws are some very old, absurd, and telling of the times when they were created. For example, right here in Ohio some weird laws are:
- It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house. Imagine having a wife, and four daughters….that could get interesting!
- Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
- It is illegal to get a fish drunk — why would we be getting a fish drunk?
In my neighboring state of Pennsylvania the following weird laws apply:
- All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. Well okay then…
- In Morrisville Pennsylvania, It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics. What do these states have against women?!
- Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays. This law still applies since Humes Car Dealership is closed on Sundays, but you can still visit their website!
And these are just weird laws, wait until you see the driving laws — weird and dated driving laws that is — from each state!
50 Weird Driving Laws From Each State
It is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Excuse me, but I mean really! This isn’t a trust issue, I will gladly drive with my eyes wide open, Kaythanxbaye!
In the land where snowshoes, skis, and sleds are a way of life, tethering a dog to your car’s roof is illegal. Well, that puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?
Drove right by the address you needed? You better make a whole block, it’s illegal to drive in reverse on a public road.
Just make sure that you’re not in a Subway’s parking lot after 9 p.m. and blaring on your car’s horn. Just don’t honk, it is illegal!
In the land of Californication, it is illegal to sleep on the road. You guys, this is straight from the DMV’s website:
No matter how luxuriously comfortable that divided highway may look, it is illegal in Eureka, California, to use a road as a bed.
Officials in Glendale, California, no doubt, caved in to insurance lobbyists when they inexplicably decided to make it illegal to jump from a car at 65 mph.
Don’t get lost between 9pm-4am, or allow somebody else to get lost while ‘operating’ your car because it is against the law. Just use your GPS folks, you’ll be alright.
You guys, if you live in this state, sorry to burst your bubble, but ya can’t hunt from your car. Nope, not even during dear season…#sorrynotsorry
You can’t change clothes in the car nor can you have a picnic…is tailgating out?
If you tie your alligator, elephant, or goat to the parking meter, you must feed the meter. #feedalltheanimals
I know that there are some odd people out there. I think that it’s because of them that in Georgia, they had to make a specific law about NOT driving through a playground.
Here’s a #WhattheWhat moment for you. In Hawaii you will be fined for riding in the back of a passenger car without a seatbelt, however you can ride in the bed of a pickup truck with no safety equipment.
Sorry Seniors but anyone over age 88 is forbidden to ride a motorcycle. #Whoops
Okay here’s two good ones for you guys.
- I don’t care how Pimpin’ you think you are, it is illegal to hang fuzzy dice from your rearview mirrors. But to add insult to injury, you need to think of another place to put your air fresheners and GPS unit too. Oye!
- In case you’re heading into the city this weekend, be sure to notify the police of your arrival, especially if you’re doing so in an automobile. #WhattheWhat?!
You can not sell nor buy cars on a Sunday. What happens to those of us who work all week and on Saturdays? Oye!
Whatever you do please don’t throw your Red Ryder comic book out of your car, they will find you, and they will ticket you.
Plain and simple, Screeching your tires will get you up to 30 days in jail — not even a warning or a ticket — JAIL.30.DAYS.
I don’t know how to put this…but uhm…your dog can not molest a car. It’s not too clear on whether the car is in motion or not….but just don’t let your dog hump the car. #WhattheWhat?!
A woman’s husband is required by law to wave a flag in front of her car before she can drive it. #No
If it has a drive-thru, use or else you’ll get a ticket if you park in front of Dunkin Donuts…just go get a lobster roll. #Kaythanxbaye
It doesn’t matter how angry you are at the car in front of…do not use foul language…it is a misdemeanor. **eyeroll**
It doesn’t matter how smart they are, it is illegal to have a gorilla in your backseat. Wonder if it can ride shotgun though….
You can’t just sit in your car and read a newspaper in the middle of the street. Please pull over.
I say just buy a sweeper truck. The only way to keep the road clean while you’re driving and not be a labeled a nuisance…problem solved, yes?
Don’t honk your horn, it can scare the horses.
You can only honk the horn of the car which you own. Why would you honk someone else’s horn though? #thingstoponder
No sheep in the truck without a chaperone. What are you doing to the sheep?!?!
By law, drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right edge of the highway, even though there are no mountains in Nebraska. #YupYouReadThatRight
Just please get your driver’s license and buy a car, because riding your camel is illegal.
It’s illegal to get high off of bus fumes. #ICantImDone
My home state has tons of weird laws, but don’t get offended if you’re honked at. It’s written law that drivers have to honk before passing.
If you don’t need a cab, you don’t have to get in one. It’s also illegal for a cab driver to pull you into the car. #GeeThanks #NotGettingKidnappedToday
Forget the Dirty Dancing movie, it is illegal to get naked while driving.
Get ready for a double whammy! I also think the state should find some faith in their resident’s common sense…right?
- It is illegal to drive through a cemetery if you’re not there to dig a grave or bury someone. You better park outside that cemetery and trek your way to your loved one’s grave.
- Even if you are considerate enough to yell “On your left,” officials still deem it illegal to drive on sidewalks.
Quarters only please, you will get fined if you stick a penny in the meter.
It’s illegal to run out of gas. Grab a 5-gallon container and keep it filled at all times just in case.
Reading comic books while driving is illegal. Also, don’t forget to tether your car outside once you are parked. #WhattheWhat?!
According to the DMV this is still on the books:
In Oregon you need to be not only alert for state troopers with speed guns, but also with stop watches. For you can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than is deemed necessary.
You will be slapped with a Class A traffic violation if you use your car on an Oregon highway to prove your physical endurance.
Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue. #Iwillgetrightonthat
One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left. Uhm…use your horn maybe? Another interesting one is that it’s illegal to drive with unopened beer in your car. You can’t have it opened either. I guess you just gotta drink some wine!
You can’t make a U-turn within 1,000 feet of an intersection. Also, when approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.
You only need to be 14 years old to get your license in South Dakota. **eyeroll** Can you imagine your car insurance price?!
It’s illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle…Good to know you can go whaling in — Tennessee.
You must have windshield wipers to register a car, although having a windshield is optional. #NoComment
By law, birds have the right of way on all highways. Just wait for the ducks to pass, you’ll be fine.
It’s illegal for cars to backfire. This is why it’s important to maintain your vehicle.
More machismo ahead: Women are prohibited from driving a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.
A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.
It’s legal to eat roadkill. You run it over, you eat it. #HappyHunting
It’s against the law for a person to ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars. #commonsenseyall
By law, you must close a gate crossing over a road, river, stream or ditch or you risk a $750 fine. Just let me know when you see such gate. #HocusPocus
And there ya have it folks. All of the weird driving laws from every state. I have so many questions, but if you do please put them down in the comments.