There are strange laws on the books in every state in the country, although often they are not enforced. I’ve compiled a list of the strangest traffic laws in the states where the Car Pro Show airs. I think you’ll find it amusing!
Alabama – There’s no mention as to where this law originated, but in Alabama it’s illegal to drive a car while blindfolded. Thank goodness one state had the foresight to get that law on the books.
California – Ancient, but still on the books: It’s against the law for women to drive in a housecoat, it’s illegal in Eureka to use the road as a bed, while in Glendale, it’s illegal to jump from a car going over 65 mph. 64 mph is so much safer.
Florida – By law, you must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it. Of course, if you tie the goat and the alligator to the meter at the same time, you may return to find the goat missing.
Indiana – It’s against the law to sell cars on Sundays, but is it against the law to buy one?
Louisiana – Another leftover from a by-gone area that needs to come off the books: a woman’s husband is required by law to walk in front of the car waving a flag as she drives it.
Michigan – It’s against the law to sit in the middle of the street and read a newspaper. Kindles and iPads have avoided the law through a technological loophole.
Minnesota – You can be charged as a public nuisance if your truck leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on the road in Minnetonka. You’d think a place with Tonka in its name would be more truck-friendly.
Mississippi – In Oxford, it’s illegal to honk your horn because it might scare nearby horses, not to mention wake the blacksmith, the chimney sweep, and the steeplejack.
Missouri – You can’t honk someone else’s car horn in University City, Missouri, which just seems like some decency to me.
Ohio – It’s illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown. Also, Roller-skaters and cars cannot share the road in Canton, Ohio. Who has right-of-way is not clear.
Oregon – By law, you must yield to pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk. After all, it’s their tax dollars that paid for the sidewalk. Do not leave your car door open longer than necessary and don’t use your car to prove physical endurance on an Oregon road, as they are both frowned upon and illegal.
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.
Texas – You must have windshield wipers to register a car, although having a windshield is optional.