Thursday, January 23, 2014

Strange Driving Laws


Driving and driving laws vary from country to country, state to state, city to city, and so on.  Sometimes it takes you 15 minutes to go 5 miles because you are stuck in traffic to get somewhere just a few miles from your home. Other times you can drive 15 miles or more in 15 minutes when you are on the thruway.  Speed laws are just one of the many that vary and some go to the extreme.  

In Winter of 2008 we featured an fun article in our newsletter about bizarre driving laws.  Some of our past issues can be found on our website under the client service tab. I also came across a fun infographic by Mary-Anne Phillips a Freelance Writer and cupcake liker about  some other bizarre driving laws I thought I would share.  These are just for fun and I did get these direct from the NYS Department of DMV back in 2008 so some may have changed.  Enjoy:

Alabama: Illegal to Drive While Blindfolded.
Alaska:  Illegal to tether a dog to the roof of a car
Arkansas:  Illegal to blare a car horn where ice cold  beverages or sandwiches are served after 9pm.
California:   It is illegal in Eureka CA to use the road as a bed.
It is illegal in Chico CA to plant rutabagas in roadways.
It is illegal in Glendale CA to jump from a vehicle at 65mph.
It is illegal in Hermosa Beach CA to spill your margarita on any street.
Connecticut:  Hunting from cars is illegal even in deer season.
Georgia:  It is illegal in Dublin GA to drive through playgrounds.
Illinois:  Beware if you own a bicycle in Galesburg, IL.  There is a no tolerance law for “fancy riding”.
Iowa:  In Mt. Vernon IA it is illegal to throw your Red Ryder onto the highway.
Kansas:  In Derby KS it is considered a misdemeanor to screech your tires while driving.  This act could cost you 30 days in jail.
Kentucky:  Make sure your canine does not have a weird fetish for tailgate lights or trailer hitches while in Ft. Thomas KY .  You’ll be fined if your pet molests a vehicle.
Maine:  In South Berwick ME you will be ticketed if you park in front of Dunkin Donuts.
Maryland:  Using profanity from a vehicle is Rockville is considered a misdemeanor.
Minnesota:  In Minnetonka MN if you drive a truck that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on any road you will be considered a public nuisance that is harming the peace, safety and general welfare of the town.
Nevada:  It is illegal to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road.
New Jersey:  New Jersey residents are required by law to honk before passing.  It is illegal in Blairstown NJ to plant trees in the middle of the street.
New York:  Be sure to enter your vehicle sartorially content while in Sag Harbor, NY  Officials have made it illegal to disrobe while in your car.
North Carolina:  It is illegal to play in traffic, Illegal to drive on sidewalks and  It is illegal to drive through a cemetery unless you are there to dig a grave or bury someone—so if you just want to visit the grave of a loved one bring binoculars!
Ohio:  In Canton OH  people wearing roller skates cannot share the streets with cars.  
Oregon:  In Oregon you can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer then deemed necessary.  You will receive a class A traffic violation if you use your car on an Oregon highway to prove your physical endurance.
If you opt for driving on a sidewalk while in Oregon, be sure not to attract the wrath of the law by not yielding to pedestrians.
Rhode Island:  In Scituate RI, it is illegal to drive with beer in your vehicle even if it is unopened.  So in other words, if  you are a beer delivery driver your in trouble.
South Carolina:  It is illegal to store trash in your vehicle due to rat problems.
West Virginia:  Virginia may be for lovers, but West Virginia is for meat lovers.  Officials in the Mountain State have deemed it perfectly legal for anyone to scavenge road kill.


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