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The Dumbest Driving Laws

Updated on May 30, 2016
Driving is serious business!
Driving is serious business! | Source


As my dad often reminded me when I was honing my skills as a new driver, “You know, driving isn’t a game, it’s a privilege.” He was right. The DMV doesn’t just hand a license out to anyone. You have to learn the rules of the road before you earn that little piece of plastic that, aside from displaying an unflattering pixilated version of your face, stands as proof that you know what you’re doing when you get behind the wheel.

After all, driving is serious business and if you don’t know the rules and follow them, you run the risk of tickets, fines, or possibly even loss of your license. You have to know things like; keeping to the right except to pass, using your signal when turning or changing lanes, obeying the speed limit at all times, or making sure you never have a gorilla in the back seat of your car. Yes, you read that right. While you may not have to know that last point for any driving exam, violating it will earn you a ticket in Massachusetts. In fact, there exists a whole bevy of rules and regulations across the US that seems to relegate driving to more of a game than a privilege. Here is a list of unusual driving laws that will have you scratching your head and wondering what exactly happened to cause someone to institute such a measure.

Good luck backing out of one of these in Arizona.
Good luck backing out of one of these in Arizona. | Source

The Rules of the Road


Alabama

It’s apparently against the law here to drive while blindfolded. I guess the next logical thing would be to make a law prohibiting driving with your hands behind your back?

Alaska

This state is clearly all for animal rights – well dog rights at least. It’s illegal to tether your dog to the roof of your car. I guess cats are free reign though?

Arizona

You might have some difficulty backing out of your garage here, or out of anywhere for that matter because you’re prohibited from operating your vehicle in reverse. So what happens when you pull into a parking space and there’s another car opposite you?


California

This state has a few gems to note.

It’s against the law for a vehicle without a driver to exceed 60 miles per hour. Assuming this scenario would ever occur, who would you give the ticket to?

You’re not permitted to jump from a car at 65 miles per hour. I think if you did that, a ticket would be the least of your worries.

Also, ladies driving in this state might want to double check their outfit before climbing behind the wheel, as you run the risk of a ticket if you’re wearing a housecoat. I think if you actually enforce this rule, you run the risk of a sexual harassment claim.

Connecticut

You’ll just have to stick to the woods when going hunting because it’s illegal to do it from your car. Maybe this is where they got the phrase – “like a deer caught in headlights.”

Georgia

For some reason they’ve actually deemed it necessary to prohibit driving through a playground. Does this include the Fisher Price models too?


Illinois

In Crete, you’re not allowed to drive you car through town. Makes you wonder why they have a Nissan dealer and a U-Haul shop.

Iowa

They’ve actually outlawed the ice cream man. What’s next, no dancing allowed?

Kansas

You might want to do your best to avoid those little “break checks” since screeching your tires while driving may land you in jail for 30 days. Do you get time off if you managed to not leave any skid marks behind?


Maryland

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all – especially if you’re in Rockville. Yelling curse words from your vehicle is a misdemeanor.

Minnesota

In Minnetonka, it’s considered a public nuisance for your truck to leave mud, dirt, or a sticky substance on any road. I guess you might want to avoid driving on the ground then.

Missouri

In University City, it’s illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car. How do they feel about honking the horn on someone else’s bike?

Always remember that pedestrians have the right of way - no matter how much you want to drive on the sidewalk.
Always remember that pedestrians have the right of way - no matter how much you want to drive on the sidewalk. | Source


New Jersey

Drivers are apparently required to honk before passing. I hope they’re aware of the law noted above if they ever decide to move to Missouri.

New York

It’s illegal in Sag Harbor to disrobe while in your vehicle. What if you’re passing through in an RV?

North Carolina

In Dunn, you are prohibited from driving on the sidewalks. Did the drivers not believe that pedestrians have the right of way?


Ohio

It’s against the law to run out of gas in Youngstown. Makes you wonder why they have so many gas stations there.

Oregon

Make sure you exit your car quickly because you could get a ticket for leaving the door open longer than necessary. Seriously?

Rhode Island

Apparently, when passing another vehicle, you are required by law to provide an “audible signal.” So I guess if your car has a weak horn, you’re relegated to the slow lane.

South Carolina

In Hilton Head, it’s illegal to store trash in your car. I’ll give you that it’s smelly, but illegal? Come on.

I hope you never get caught committing one of these misdemeanors, but if you do, don’t say you didn’t have fair warning.

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      DW Davis 2 years ago from Eastern NC

      I enjoyed reading your Hub. It is amazing what laws are on the books around the country. One does wonder what happened to cause such laws to be passed. And driving laws are the only laws to leave a person scratching his or her head. Here in NC it's against the law to plow a cotton field with an elephant. Go figure.

      Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      GiblinGirl,

      This is hilarious! Great work. Why don't you write a book with this topic? I would buy a copy. You are one radical writer and I Love it.

      And . . .

      I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved every word.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic of this hub.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Very humorous hub! It was definitely good for a few chuckles! It is pretty mind boggling to think that these are actually real driving laws!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      What I can't drive blindfolded! What has the world come to?

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I know, it really makes you wonder what inspired the creation of some of these laws. Glad you enjoyed reading the hub Marlene.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the "heads up". I live in California and must caution my vehicle not to go faster than 60 mph the next time it goes out on its own. Who wrote that law? And, how did it get passed in the first place? This was a really fun hub to read. I'm still laughing at some of those silly laws.

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks josh!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Giblin,

      These laws were pretty funny and I enjoyed your additions afterwards. I especially enjoyed the CT one since I was born and raised there! LOL Great job here Giblin!

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