These Can’t Be Real: Dumbest Driving Laws

These Can’t Be Real: Dumbest Driving Laws
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Sure, there are a lot of laws that seem pointless. Like “no turn on red” when its 2 am and there’s no other cars on the road for miles. But, for the most part, these laws have been created for our best interest. However, sometimes a law that once served a purpose no longer is necessary gets forgotten or slips through the cracks. In these cases, they are just downright bizarre.


Hope You Weren’t Raised in a Barn…


If you leave your vehicle’s doors open for too long in the state of Oregon you risk getting a ticket. The reasoning for this law? That bike riders are pedestrians, too and open doors can cause a safety issue on sidewalks and shoulders.

Don’t be a “show off”….


Another crazy law that Oregonians have to deal with is the fact that it’s illegal to use their highways to “demonstrate your physical endurance.” Not really sure if I know what that means, but I’m definitely imagining someone pulling a school bus on a rope with their teeth.

Don’t “Dork & Drive”…


Don’t you just hate it when you’re just minding your business reading a comic book while driving in Oklahoma and you get pulled over? It’s hard to believe that something like that even was enough of a problem that legislature needed to be made to stop it.

Light up the night…

Leave it to Alabama to have one of the most bizarre and outdated laws still on the books today. But, just for your own reference, it’s actually LEGAL to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your vehicle. However, this also is a state that has laws such as “boogers may not be flicked into the wind”, it’s an offense to “open an umbrella on the street (for fear of spooking horses”), and it’s definitely ILLEGAL to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Color conduct…

Although no longer enforced, Denver, CO had a law that you may not drive a black car on Sundays. Not really sure how this one ever became a thing. Supposedly, it also is technically against the law to drive a red car down Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Skidmarks strictly prohibited…


In Minnetonka, MN, under section 845.010 – Public Nuisances, it is unlawful to “drive a truck or other vehicle whose wheels or tires deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or other material on any street or highway.” Wouldn’t this make anyone who drives anything with wheels a criminal?

Don’t be the black sheep…


Don’t you dare leave a sheep in your truck cab unattended if you’re passing through Montana. This law is wildly descriptive, but I can’t say I don’t agree. I mean, we don’t leave babies or our dogs in hot cars…that’s inhumane. Why should our sheep be any different?

Freeway Willy…

If you’re planning on shooting animals while inside a moving truck or car in Tennessee, think again. It’s against the law to shoot animals from your vehicle while it is in motion. That is, unless it’s a whale…then it’s completely fine I guess. Whoever wrote this law must have put this in as a joke, I hope.

Ice Ice Baby…

Be careful to avoid operating a vehicle with “ice picks attached to the wheels” in Montana, it’s totally illegal. Because, apparently that’s a thing.

Beat around the bush:


A personal favorite of mine is this Pennsylvania law which needs no further description: “Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.”



Author: Hit The Road Jack

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