8 Weird Driving Laws That Could get you Pulled Over

The United States has some wacky driving laws. If you're planning on a cross-country road trip, it may be useful to know some of the driving laws as they differ from state to state. However, some of the laws are just so unbelievable, it's hard to imagine what events had to unfold in order for them to be brought into legislation. Some of the laws would be challenging to break because they're so avant-garde. Others are just plain idiotic. Below are the eight strangest driving laws that you'll encounter across the United States.

  1. Alabama

    In Alabama, it is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Law enforcement officials will pull you over if they see a scarf impairing your vision. Just to be clear here — did Alabama have so many incidents involving blindfolded drivers that it had to write a special law against it? It's unfortunate, really, but you'll just have to remove the handkerchief from your eyes when you cross the state lines. Perhaps residents here wanted to experience driving from the perspective of a blind individual. It's hard to imagine how that could have backfired.

  2. Alaska

    In Alaska, it is illegal to bind your dog to the roof of your car. Apparently, Alaskans were under the impression that not only were car rooftops great for tethering skis and Christmas trees, but also household pets. After all, Fido loves putting his head out the window. This way, he can get some real fresh air and look like a total boss. You will be pulled over for it, but should you choose to break the law, be sure to really secure him on there. You don't want your dog flailing all over the place.

  3. California

    In Glendale, California, it is illegal to jump from a car moving at or more than 65 miles per hour. Remember that scene in the movie Footloose where the preacher's daughter hops from one truck to another, straddling two speeding trucks down a hill country highway? Californians must have tried out some real life demonstrations of this before officials in Glendale pulled the plug on this idiotic behavior. Therefore, if you're going to jump out of a moving vehicle, be sure to slow down to an even 64 miles per hour to avoid a hefty fine from local police.

  4. Georgia

    In Dublin, Georgia, it is illegal to drive through children's playgrounds. Although a playground might look like a fun obstacle course to try out your four-wheel drive, it tends to be populated by small children, and you might want to avoid running over them. Never mind the fact that you really shouldn't be driving a vehicle on unpaved private property. If you really want to hit up the monkey bars in Georgia, you'll just have to park in a designated spot nearby and walk up to it like a regular civilian.

  5. Illinois

    In Galesburg, Illinois, it is illegal to partake in "fancy riding" on a bicycle. Could this law be any vaguer? While we're unsure about what constitutes "fancy riding," we imagine a kid demonstrating his ability to ride "no hands!" and being promptly pulled over by a bike cop with a citation in hand. To be on the safe side, riding your bike in Galesburg must be limited to regular biking on designated bike lanes or sidewalks, with a helmet on and both hands firmly on the handlebars. It sounds as though poppin' a wheelie could have devastating consequences.

  6. New Jersey

    In New Jersey, you must honk before you pass anyone on the road. This law is ridiculous because honking has such a negative connotation in any other context. In most cases, honking your horn is a means to express frustration. In fact, most of us are far more confrontational when inside the confines of our vehicle than we would be in person. We honk to tell people to speed up, to make the light before it turns red, and to warn against merging into our lane. For this reason, it seems odd that the people of New Jersey would honk for something as mild as passing one another up on the freeway. Our deduction? The roads of New Jersey must be pretty loud.

  7. Oregon

    In Oregon, it is illegal to leave your car door open for prolonged lengths of time. So, if you're pumping gas at the nearest petrol station, be sure that all doors are closed or you could be fined. This scenario wouldn't be happening either, though, because it is also illegal to pump your own gasoline in Oregon. Oregon seems to delight in making silly laws regarding the automobile. In all likelihood, this is done in an effort to force everyone to use bicycling as their main mode of transportation. Portland residents pretty much already accept this fate.

  8. South Carolina

    In Hilton Head, South Carolina, it illegal to have trash in your car. Supposedly, this is due to a reoccurring rat problem. How rats are getting into locked vehicles is yet to be determined. But one thing is certain — it is essential that you dispose of your McDonalds properly after eating it. A loose wrapper or two could be the difference between driving legally or not. On the plus side, South Carolina must not have an incredibly large population of hoarders who live in their cars.

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