In the United States, the laws that regulate the driving of motorised vehicles are generated by both state and federal governments. There are differences between the two. Federal laws are developed by large groups of lawmakers and are often enforced by government law enforcement agencies. As a result, federal laws tend to be reasonable and make sense.
State laws often are made with far less oversight with the result that some pretty strange laws get passed on the state level. Here are a few we thought you might enjoy.
California – In Chico, California, it is illegal to plant rutabagas in roadways.
California – Officials in Glendale, California, made it illegal to jump from a car when traveling at more than 65 mph.
Connecticut – Hunting from cars in Connecticut is illegal, even during deer season. (This is actually a common state law.)
Alaska – In Alaska, there is a law that makes it illegal to tie a dog to the roof of a car.
Arkansas – Ready for this? In Arkansas, it’s illegal to sound a car horn where beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.
Georgia – In Dublin, Georgia, lawmakers have made it illegal to drive through playgrounds.
Illinois – In Galesburg, Illinois, the police can arrest you there for “fancy riding’ (whatever that is.)
Iowa – Mount Vernon, Iowa, it is illegal to throw your Red Ryder onto the highway. Seriously, this is a law on the books.
Kansas – In Topeka, Kansas, it is unlawful to transport dead poultry along Kansas Avenue.
Maryland – in Rockville, Maryland, swearing from a vehicle is considered a misdemeanor.
Massachusetts – It’s illegal in Massachusetts to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat.
Minnesota – In Minnetonka, Minnesota, a truck that leaves mud on any road is considered a public nuisance and can be issued a warning.
Maine – In South Berwick, Maine, you can be ticketed if you park in front of Dunkin Donuts.
Missouri – In University City, Missouri, officials have wisely made it illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car when in motion.
Nevada – In Reno, authorities there have made it illegal to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road.
New Jersey – This one comes to us from Central Avenue Chrysler of Yonkers, NY. In New Jersey, residents are required by law to honk before passing.
New Jersey – Arbor Day requires careful planning in Blairstown, New Jersey, for local officials there have made it illegal to plant trees in the middle of the street.
Ohio – In Canton, Ohio, people wearing roller skates cannot share the streets with cars.
Oklahoma – You’ll be ticketed if caught reading a comic book while driving.
New York – In Sag Harbor, New York, officials there have made it illegal to disrobe while in your car.
North Carolina – In Dunn, North Carolina, they have made it illegal to play in traffic.
Oregon – You can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than is deemed necessary.
West Virginia – After much controversy, in the Mountain State it is perfectly legal for anyone to scavenge road kill.
Oregon – You will be slapped with a Class A traffic violation if you use your car on an Oregon highway to prove your physical endurance.
Rhode Island – In Scituate, Rhode Island, it is illegal to drive with beer in your vehicle even if it is unopened. (So, what happens when you’re a beer delivery driver?)
South Carolina – In Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your vehicle due to rat problems.