The Weirdest Traffic Laws by State

September 07, 2017
Birds-eye view overlooking a bridge of traffic over a body of water


You know the basics: Come to a complete stop at a red light, follow the speed limit – and so on. But what about the more obscure state traffic laws? Here are 50 of the craziest state driving laws:

Alabama – No driving while blindfolded

Alaska – It’s illegal to tie a dog to your car roof

Arizona – It’s against the law to drive a car in reverse on a public road

Arkansas – Don’t honk your car horn anywhere that serves cold drinks or sandwiches after 9 p.m.

California – It’s against the law for women to drive in a housecoat

Colorado – It’s illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday in Denver

Connecticut – A fire engine should not exceed 25 m.p.h. – even on the way to a fire

Delaware – You should not change clothes in your vehicle

Florida – By law, you must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it

Georgia – It’s illegal to spit from a car or bus, but it’s OK to spit from a truck

Hawaii – It’s against the law for any vehicle in motion to use its hazard lights

Idaho – Anyone over age 88 is forbidden to ride a motorcycle in Idaho Falls

Illinois – It’s illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel

Indiana – It’s against the law to sell cars on Sundays

Iowa – In Mount Vernon, it’s illegal to throw a Red Ryder onto the highway

Kansas – You can’t transport dead poultry in this state

Kentucky – It’s illegal for your pet to molest a vehicle in Fort Thomas

Louisiana – A woman’s husband is required by law to wave a flag in front of her car before she can drive it

Maine – It’s illegal to buy a car on a Sunday

Maryland – It’s a crime to swear from a vehicle in Rockville

Massachusetts – You cannot drive with a gorilla in your backseat

Michigan – It’s against the law to sit in the middle of the street and read a newspaper

Minnesota – You’re a public nuisance if you drive a truck in Minnetonka that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on the road

Mississippi – In Oxford, it’s illegal to honk your horn because it might scare nearby horses

Missouri – You can’t honk someone else’s car horn

Montana –  Unless you have a chaperone, it’s illegal to have sheep in your truck

Nebraska – By law, drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right edge of the highway, even though there are no mountains in Nebraska

Nevada – It’s illegal to ride a camel on the highway

New Hampshire – It’s against the law to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria

New Jersey – Frowning at a police officer is against the law here

New Mexico – It’s illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their taxis

New York – It’s against the law to disrobe in your car in Sag Harbor

North Carolina – It’s illegal to play in traffic

North Dakota – You’re breaking the law when you put a penny in an automatic parking ticket machine

Ohio – It’s illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown

Oklahoma – It’s illegal to read a comic book while driving

Oregon – By law, you must yield to pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk

Pennsylvania –When driving on a country road at night, you must stop every mile and set off flares or other warning signals and then allow 10 minutes for livestock to clear the road

Rhode Island – It’s illegal to ride a horse on a highway for the purpose of racing or testing the speed of the horse

South Carolina – It’s unlawful to store trash in your vehicle in Hilton Head

South Dakota – You only need to be 14 years old to get your license in South Dakota

Tennessee – It’s illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle

Texas – You must have windshield wipers to register a car, although having a windshield is optional

Utah – By law, birds have the right of way on all highways

Vermont – It’s illegal for cars to backfire in Rutland

Virginia – Women are prohibited from driving a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag

Washington – A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town

West Virginia ­- It’s legal to eat road kill

Wisconsin – It’s against the law for a person to ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars

Wyoming – By law, you must close a gate crossing over a road, river, stream or ditch or you risk a $750 fine

Now that we’ve covered some of the stranger driving laws around, learn more about state car insurance requirements and get a quote for car insurance in your state.

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