We all know the phrase, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” That means that you are responsible for learning the laws in all of the places where you drive. But what happens if the law itself demonstrates a high degree of ignorance?
Over the years, lawmakers have been known to create driving laws that are curious, bizarre, or just downright crazy. So if you plan on taking a road trip this summer, here are the 33 weirdest driving laws still on the books in the United States:
33. You can’t drive in reverse in Glendale, Arizona.
32. You can’t make a U-turn in Richardson, Texas.
31. You are prohibited from driving through playgrounds in Dublin, Georgia.
30. You cannot drive on a sidewalk in Dunn, North Carolina.
29. You are breaking the law if you run out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio.
28. You are not permitted to pump your own gas in Oregon.
27. You cannot read a comic book while driving in Oklahoma.
26. You are allowed to drive the wrong-way down an Alabama one-way street – but only if you attach a lantern to the front of your vehicle.
25. You could be charged with a misdemeanor if you swear from your car in Rockville, Maryland.
24. You will be issued a Class A traffic violation if you use your car to “prove your physical endurance” on an Oregon highway.
23. You cannot honk the horn of another person’s vehicle in Universal City, Missouri.
22. You are not allowed to read a newspaper in your car if your car breaks down in the middle of the street in Detroit, Michigan.
21. You are banned from driving a car down Broadway in Galveston, Texas on Sundays before noon.
20. Also in Galveston, you may not drive within an arm’s length of alcohol. That includes alcohol in another person’s bloodstream.
19. You are breaking Oregon law if you leave your vehicle door open longer than authorities deem necessary.
18. You are forbidden from throwing your BB gun onto the highway in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
17. You cannot hunt from your vehicle in Connecticut, even if it is deer season.
16. You cannot fire a gun from your car at wild game in Tennessee – unless you are aiming at a whale.
15. You are banned from driving with ice picks attached to your vehicle’s wheels in Whitehall, Montana.
14. You are required to yield to peacocks in Arcadia, California.
13. You are prohibited from jumping out of a vehicle traveling 65 miles per hour in Glendale, California.
12. Also in California, unoccupied vehicles are breaking the law if they are traveling above 60 miles per hour.
11. Women in California are not permitted to drive while wearing a housecoat.
10. You may not fasten a dog to the roof of your car in Alaska.
9. You are banned from driving around the Oxford, Ohio town square more than 100 times in a row.
8. You are not allowed to spit from a moving car or bus in Marietta, Georgia – but you can do so from a moving truck.
7. You cannot take off your clothes in your car in Sag Harbor, New York.
6. You cannot change clothes while in your car with the curtains drawn in Evanston, Illinois – unless it is during a fire.
5. In Pennsylvania, you must pull to the side of the road when you see a team of horses approaching. Then you must cover your vehicle with a dust cover or blanket that has been sewn or painted to blend in with the scenery. (If despite your efforts, the horses react skittishly, then you are required to take your car apart and hide all of the parts in underbrush nearby.)
4. You are not allowed to transport dead poultry along Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.
3. You are not permitted to drive with a gorilla in the back of your vehicle in Massachusetts.
2. In Minnesota, you are banned from crossing state lines with a duck on your head.
1. You cannot drive any vehicle while blindfolded in Alabama.
There you go. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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[article sources: http://www.gcfl.org/archive.php?funny=4544, http://www.dmv.org/fun-stuff/bizarre-driving-laws.php#Missouri, http://www.masscops.com/f39/funny-traffic-laws-69836/, http://www.auto-broker-magic.com/driving-laws.html, http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/texas?page=20 ]