Our nation’s driving laws are made to keep us safe while on the road. However, some laws at the state and local level are comically overspecific. You’re unlikely to get ticketed for most of these, but it is technically possible. If you’re looking for a chuckle, read through 25 of the strangest driving laws by state.
Alabama: Cannot wear a blindfold while driving.
Alaska: Illegal to tie a dog to your roof. Disclaimer: you’ll probably get pulled over for tying any animal to your roof.
Arkansas: Illegal to honk your horn where cold beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 pm. Cold cut shops must have a strong lobbying presence in Arkansas’ congress.
California: Illegal to jump from your car at 65mph. You’ll be given your ticket after you wake up in the hospital.
Colorado: Illegal to drive a black car on Sunday.
Connecticut: Illegal to shoot whales from your car. This one is for the laziest whale hunters of all time.
Delaware: Illegal to change clothes in the car.
Florida: Illegal to tie an elephant to a parking meter without paying the meter. Pay both meters if your elephant is taking up two parking spaces.
Georgia: Illegal to drive your car through playgrounds. Although a common practice for most of us, residents of Dublin, Georgia cannot plow through a swingset on the way to work.
Illinois: Illegal to change clothes in the car, except during a fire. If your car is going up in flames, we recommend getting out of there, but feel free to change shirts also.
Iowa: Illegal to throw your Red Ryder on the highway. You’ll shoot your eye out!
Kansas: Illegal to screech your tires.
Kentucky: Illegal for pets to molest a vehicle.
Maine: Illegal to park in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts. You might actually get ticketed for this one, just because the cops will be around to see it.
Maryland: Illegal to swear from your vehicle. It is illegal to be a jerk in Maryland. We actually like this one.
Massachusetts: Illegal to drive with a gorilla in the backseat. “But officer, this isn’t a Gorilla, it’s an Orangutan!”
Minnesota: Illegal to cross state lines with a duck on your head. Let the gorilla in the backseat hold your duck.
Missouri: Illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car. Just a quick reminder, it is also illegal to steal someone else’s car.
Nevada: Illegal to place a chair in the middle of the road. Folding chair, wooden chair, plastic chair, they’re all illegal.
New Jersey: Illegal to plant a tree in the middle of the road. Real politicians voted on this at some point.
New Mexico: Illegal for cab drivers to pull people into their cab. Most states have a blanket rule against assault, but this helps to clarify I guess.
New York: Illegal to disrobe in the car. Unlike in Illinois, you can’t change shirts during a fire.
North Carolina: Illegal to play in traffic. You also cannot “hang out” in traffic.
Washington: Illegal to ride an ugly horse. Pretty horses are okay though.
West Virginia: Legal to eat roadkill. A delicious meal for the whole family!