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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 Some of them may seem obvious while others feel outdated.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.


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