Saturday, April 20, 2013
Top 10 Wacky Driving Laws
Last week my blog was about weird and wacky laws in general…the type that should have been taken off the books decades ago. This time I'm looking at wacky driving laws that probably should have been removed from the books quite a while ago.
Basic driving laws are the same everywhere. Green lights mean go and red lights mean stop. Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way. You aren't allowed to drive faster than the posted speed limit. That's pretty straight forward and simple.
However, individual states have some peculiar driving laws of their own that don't make any sense. Perhaps there was a valid reason for them at the time the law was passed, but in today's society they're totally out of sync with reality.
Here are a selection of 10 such laws, in no particular order.
In Arkansas it's illegal to blast your car horn after 9pm where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are being served.
In Dublin, Georgia, it is illegal to drive through playgrounds.
In Connecticut and Tennessee hunting from cars is illegal, unless it's whale hunting. Whereas Connecticut does border the ocean and even has a whaling history, it does make you wonder just where in Tennessee you would go to hunt whales.
In Illinois all cars must be driven with the steering wheel. Hmm…I wonder how many other options are available.
In Almosa, Colorado, it's illegal to throw missiles at cars. It really makes you wonder what would have prompted that type of legislation…unless, of course, the term missile relates to any type of projectile as in anything that would be thrown.
In San Francisco it's illegal to wipe your car with used underwear. It's probably best to not dwell on that one.
In Florida if an elephant is tied to a parking meter, you must put money into the meter same as if you were parking your car. My guess is that this law is a result of Ringling Brothers circus making their winter headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. I can't think of another reason for someone having an elephant tied to a parking meter. :)
In Alabama it is illegal for a person to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. How strange…no blindfolded driving allowed.
In Tennessee it's illegal to drive while sleeping. But no mention of a blindfold. :) If for some reason you end up driving a car while asleep, my guess is getting a ticket for breaking that particular law will be the least of your worries.
In Hilton Head, South Carolina it is illegal to store trash in your car. However, it seems to me that you shouldn't need a law for that.
Any weird driving laws where you live?