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Elephant secured by rope to a parking meter

You buckle up, stop at red lights, and follow the road signs. You’ve got traffic laws down to a T, right? Well, not so fast! Do you know these weird traffic laws in the U.S.? We put together a list of the most unusual car-related laws in each state where our customers live. Some of them may seem obvious while others feel outdated. Have a chuckle and discover which laws you didn’t know!

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Weird Traffic Laws

In Alabama, it’s illegal to:

Drive the wrong direction down a one-way street — unless a lantern is attached to the front of your car.

In Arkansas, it’s illegal to:

Operate a vehicle and sound the horn or bell after 9pm at any place where cold drinks and/or sandwiches are served.

In Florida, it’s illegal to:

Keep your commercial vehicle, RV, or boat in the driveway of your own home in Cape Coral. However, the city is considering parking changes.

(Per the picture above): It may or may not have once been illegal to tie an elephant to a parking meter without paying the meter fee. Many websites claim this antiquated law exists in Florida; however, it’s not on the books.

In Dublin, Georgia, it’s illegal to:

Drive on a public park, playground, or school area. It might be a bit obvious that this would be dangerous, but better safe than sorry!

In Mississippi, it’s surprisingly not illegal to:

Drink alcohol while driving. Mississippi is the only state that doesn’t have an open-container law that bans drinking inside a motor vehicle. However, drivers must maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) below the .08 legal limit.

In North Carolina, it’s illegal to:

Drive under the speed limit. North Carolina is one of thirteen states where you can get ticketed for driving too slowly in the left lane.

In Ohio, it’s illegal to:

Warm up your car (although, not in these exact words). According to the Ohio Revised Code (which was actually meant to stop car thefts), “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine…”

In South Carolina, it’s illegal to:

Display an obscene bumper sticker. Careful! You could be fined up to $200 if your decal “lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

In Tennessee, it’s illegal to:

Attach yourself to a streetcar or vehicle when riding on any bicycle, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle. The danger of tying oneself to a car may seem like a no-brainer to some, but this law is probably in place to help prevent injury to the daredevils out there!

In Texas, it’s illegal to:

Visit the town square or a Taco Bell drive-thru while on horseback (yes, a rider was ticketed) — but in Temple, TX, it’s perfectly acceptable to ride your horse into a saloon.

In Virginia, it’s illegal to:

Have a radar detector in your vehicle to detect if your speed is being monitored by a police officer’s radar gun nearby. In fact, Virginia is the only state in America where radar detectors are still illegal.