Weirdest Traffic Laws in America

Posted by April L. on 27th Jul 2017

You know what they say - don't complain about the speck in someone else's eye when you've got a log in your own. We've recently looked at the weirdest traffic laws in the world; now it's time to look at some odd and sometimes amusing traffic regulations in our United States of America.


  • No Fifty Shades roleplay for you in Alabama: you aren't allowed to drive blindfolded. Actually, what's more disturbing is that someone had to make a law about this...
  • Alabama also allows you to drive the wrong way on a one-way street if you have a lantern on the front of your car. Are we the only ones who find this ironic?
  • Californian women, take heed: driving in your dressing gown is a traffic infraction.

Animals and Pets

  • It is illegal in Alaska to drive with a dog tethered to the roof of your car. We can't help but think this has something to do with dog sledding, but looking just at the wording, doesn't it just seem wrong that this had to be made into a law?
  • In Kansas, allowing vehicular molestation by your pet is punishable by a fine. We don't really want to know how this rule came about.
  • No matter how tempted you are, don't ride a camel on the highway in Nevada.
  • Some birds have the right of way in Utah.
  • If you're in Florida and there's an elephant tied to the parking meter, you or the attendant have to put money in the meter. Makes perfect sense, no?
  • Do not - we repeat, do NOT - have a gorilla in your backseat when driving in Massachusetts.
  • In Minnesota, you are prohibited from crossing state lines with a duck on your head. This not only applies to drivers, but to pedestrians. It's about time the law applied to pedestrians too.
  • Do not leave your sheep unescorted in your truck in Montana. Talk about animal rights!

Food and Drink

  • In Arkansas, you are forbidden to blast your horn where sandwiches or cold drinks are served after 9:00 pm. Guess Arkansas folk take their night time snacks really seriously
  • In Hermosa, California, they take their drink seriously. You're not allowed to spill margaritas.
  • No parking in front of a Dunkin' Donuts in Maine. Got that?
  • In West Virginia, if it's roadkill, it can be your dinner.

Rules of the Road

  • In California (Glendale, more specifically), you are prohibited from jumping from a car at 65 mph. How do you explain all the Hollywood movies then?
  • Unoccupied cars can't go faster than 60 mph in California. Thank goodness, because those unoccupied cars are sure known for speeding.
  • Also in California (Eureka, more specifically), you are not allowed to use the road as a bed. Gives new meaning to the phrase, "you snooze, you lose"?
  • Don't spit from a car or bus in Georgia (Marietta, more specifically). Spitting from a truck is fair game though.
  • Also, if you're in Georgia, don't be driving through playgrounds, okay?
  • Keep your hands to yourself in Missouri (University City, more specifically) - you're not allowed to honk someone else's horn.
  • Ah, for the pedestrians - in Hartford, Connecticut, you are forbidden from crossing the street while walking on your hands. Connecticut is so unreasonable - apparently, you're not allowed to shoot whales from your car.
  • In Canton, Ohio, drivers and roller skaters can't share the road.
  • If you're in Blairstown, New Jersey, please refrain from planting trees in the middle of the road. Also, if you are pulled over, you must not frown at the police officer. Come on, that's just rude.
  • Sitting down in the middle of the street to read the paper while your car is broken down is prohibited in Michigan.
  • You're not allowed to drive while reading a comic book in Oklahoma. For some reason, it isn't comforting that this is a law.

Hopefully, all of these jurisdictions will have adequate signage so that visitors don't inadvertently break traffic regulations. We have an excellent selection of signs and decals - contact us to learn more.