Why did the chicken cross the road? Well it didn’t in Georgia, because that’s illegal. In California, drive by shootings are illegal, unless your target is a whale. But be careful, in the land locked state of Tennessee it is stated that it is illegal to shoot a whale out of a moving vehicle. So here are the 10 weirdest driving laws in the world, and they may come in handy if you are ever parking in Milwaukee. Because if you are leaving your car unattended for more than two hours, you must have a horse tied to it.
10. It is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey
Gas is a very dangerous substance, and they recognize this in New Jersey. Therefore you must have a highly trained and experienced gas pumper to do it for you… Well you wouldn’t want to blow the place up would you now?
9. It is illegal to come within 50 meters of a pedestrian crossing a cross walk in Singapore
Things are different around the world; in Sarasota, Florida it is strongly discouraged that you hit a pedestrian with your car as you will be fined $78 for doing so. In Singapore, they seem to care a little more about the safety of their citizens. By law you’re not allowed to drive within 50 meters of a pedestrian crossing the road in Singapore, and Beijing takes it to a whole new level by fining you for stopping at a pedestrian cross walk. So when you are in Beijing either stop ahead of time or go right through, otherwise you will be 5 Yuan out of pocket (less than one Canadian dollar).
8. In Wichita, Kansas you are required by law to shoot three bullets in the air before going through a particular intersection
Kansas has a unique perspective on safety. If you’re ever at the Douglas and Broadway intersection be watch out for gun fire as it is the law to fire three shots in the air before cross. I’m not sure if that’s such a great idea, but hey if you really need to cross just pull out your gun and fire three shots up in the air – it’s the law!
7. In San Francisco, it is illegal to wipe dirty underwear on someone’s car
This is pretty reasonable… But also unfortunate seeing as this is one of my favourite pass times.
6. Cars are the only thing allowed in your garage in long beach, California
That’s right, your tools, old pictures, and your boxes of junk that you would normally hoard in your garage have to all be stored inside your beautiful home. I guess it makes sense since the main purpose of a garage is to store your car… someone has to prevent garages from being cluttered with old junk!
5. It is illegal to drive a black car on Sunday in Denver, Colorado
I could not for the life of me find out why, but don’t worry if you have a funeral on Sunday you are pardoned from this law.
4. No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 pm
Here is how I think this law came into place. Tony had just lost his job, gotten divorced by his wife who was taking the kids, and his car broke down. He grabbed a nice cold soda and for the first time felt better. As soon as he went to take a sip someone honked their horn – he got scared and spilled cola all over his new $600 suit. He pulled some strings and now this law came to be. Either that or the people running things in Arkansas are crazy.
3. Pennsylvania’s laws of driving down a country road
Either Pennsylvania really cares about its wildlife, or someone was sick of cleaning up road kill. Because in the state of Pennsylvania, while driving down a country lane you are required by law to stop every mile and shoot a rocket signal in the air and wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock.
2. In Redlands, California it is illegal to drive unless there is a man holding a lantern ahead of you
It doesn’t matter if you have halogen bulb headlights and an infra-red camera on your dash. Go find a man, pay him to walk in front of you with a lantern. Or the police will have to arrive, and their man with a lantern will most likely be in better shape than yours, so it will be hard to outrun them.
1. In Memphis, New Orleans and Alabama it is illegal for a woman to drive a car, unless there is a man waving a red flag walking in front of the vehicle to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians
I laughed out loud when I heard this, because there might actually have been a person who did this and I would pay a good chunk of money to see that. Luckily we are at a point of equal rights in most of the world, but laws still in place reflect on older values.
Although these laws all truly do exist, I highly doubt any of them are actually enforced unless you really get on the cops bad side while eating peanuts and walking backwards during a concert in Greene, New York (yes this is an actual law). It seems as though these were created out of very specific times of bitterness or are so old they come from a completely different time. Either way I don’t think you will get in to much trouble for letting your Donkey sleep in the bathtub after 7pm in Oklahoma.
Let us know of any crazy car laws that you know of in the comments below: