50 Strange US Traffic Laws

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Have you ever look at a street and thought “Wow, this road looks comfy. I think I’ll nap here”? How do you go about parking your pet elephant? There are laws for those odd subjects and quite a few more. Check out 50 odd laws for 50 states. You might get a giggle out of it.


Driving blindfolded is a horrible idea. In Alabama it is not only a bad idea it is also illegal.


We don’t want to hear the story behind this one: it is illegal to tie your dog to your roof(rack).


No reverse driving. That’s easy enough, right?


Don’t even think twice about honking a  car horn where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.


Scenario: You’re driving and you get sleepy. You pull over, get out of the car and take a neepy nap on the street, right? Only if you want trouble with the law.


No driving a black car on Sunday. 


No hunting from cars. Ever.


No changing your clothes in a car. 


If you INSIST on tying your elephant to a parking meter don’t forget to put money in it. Anybody know what the going rate for elephant parking is these days?


Look at all the traffic. Hey, that playground is clear to drive through. Yeeaaaaa no. That is illegal in the state of Georgia.


No drinking beer in a country parking lot. This probably goes hand-in-hand with no open containers of alcohol in a vehicle. 


Over the age of 88? If so you’re not allowed to drive a motorcycle.


Beware if you own a bicycle in Galesburg, Illinois. The police there have no tolerance for “fancy riding.”


If you are driving down Main street in Evansville you are not permitted to drive with your lights on. Period.


If you have a Red Ryder you don’t want anymore don’t throw it out of the window. Completely illegal.


Screeching your tires will land you in jail for 30 days.



Apparently is it illegal for your pets to molest vehicles. What…?


Women drivers must have a male in the passenger seat with a warning flag. Since it doesn’t specify an age or species could it be a dog? 


Be careful about Jonesing for a Bavarian Cream while in South Berwick, Maine. You’ll be ticketed if you park in front of Dunkin Donuts.


Keep in mind while traveling through Rockville, Maryland, that the streets there are rated G. If you possess a PG-17 vocabulary, take the bypass. Swearing from a vehicle in Rockville is considered a misdemeanor.


Don’t offer Jane Goodall a ride. It’s illegal in Massachusetts to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat. 


Sorry to burst everybody’s bubbles but it is illegal to sit in the middle of the street to read a newspaper.


In Minnetonka, Minnesota if you drive a truck that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on any road you will be considered a public nuisance that is harming the peace, safety and general welfare of the town.


After searching the internet we have come up with zero odd traffic laws for this state so here is a random odd law. Live in Temperance and thinking of taking your dog for a walk? Don’t forget your four-legged friend’s diaper. That’s right, walking a dog without dressing it in diapers is illegal in Temperance.


If you are a horn-honking hooligan you better be carrying your vehicle’s bill of sale if you have the nerve to toot your horn while in University City, Missouri. Officials there have wisely made it illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car.


It is absolutely illegal to to leave a sheep unattended in a truck. How dare you!


Just like with Mississippi a weird traffic law apparently doesn’t exit in Nebraska. Random law: It is illegal for a donut show to sell donut holes.


To prevent any literal interpretation of Reno’s No Standing signs, authorities there have made it illegal to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road.

New Hampshire

Random law: Taking some seaweed from the beach would make an awesome souvenir, right? WRONG! It is illegal to steal sea weed from a beach.

New Jersey

Don’t be feeling all fuzzy-warm about New Jersey residents if you’re driving through the state with a “Honk if You Love Whales” bumper sticker soldered to your vehicle’s trunk.

New Jersey residents are required by law to honk before passing.

Arbor Day requires careful planning in Blairstown, New Jersey, for local officials there have made it illegal to plant trees in the middle of the street.

New Mexico

It is illegal for cab drivers to literally pull people off of street and charge them for rides. 

New York

Be sure to enter your vehicle feeling sartorially content while in Sag Harbor, New York. Officials there have made it illegal to disrobe while in your car.

North Carolina

Officials in Dunn, North Carolina, apparently harbor no faith in the intuitive powers of common sense:

  • First, they have made it illegal to play in traffic. So if you’re a parent make sure your kids play Candyland on the floor of a living room rather than on the asphalt of a passing lane.
  • Second, it is illegal to drive through a cemetery if you’re not there to dig a grave or bury someone. So if you intend to visit the grave of a loved one bring really powerful binoculars and a ladder for accessing the roof of your vehicle while parked outside the cemetery.
  • And third, even if you are considerate enough to yell “On your left,” officials still deem it illegal to drive on sidewalks.

North Dakota

Did you ever wonder why parking meters only take nickels, dimes and quarters? Well, it’s because it is illegal to put a penny in a parking meter.


In Canton, Ohio, people wearing roller skates cannot share the streets with cars. And yes, this applies even during the “couples only” skate.


Reading about masked me in tights is frowned upon. You’ll be ticketed if caught reading a comic book while driving.


In Oregon you need to be not only alert for state troopers with speed guns, but also with stop watches. For you can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than is deemed necessary.

You will be slapped with a Class A traffic violation if you use your car on an Oregon highway to prove your physical endurance.


If you are thinking that Sunday would be a great day for car shopping you’re out of luck. It is against the law to sell motor vehicles on Sundays. 

Rhode Island

In Scituate, Rhode Island, it is illegal to drive with beer in your vehicle even if it is unopened. So, in other words, if you’re a beer delivery driver you’re screwed.

South Carolina

There’s a good reason why automakers don’t manufacture models named the Dodge Dumpster or the Lexus Litterbin. For in Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your vehicle due to rat problems.

South Dakota

Random law: It is illegal to lay down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.


Hunting from your vehicle is illegal. UNLESS you are hunting a whale.


It is illegal to drive within an arms length of alcohol. Makes sense, right? Here’s the fun part; it is still illegal to drive within an arms length of alcohol even if it is in somebody else’s BLOOD!


No throwing objects that are on fire from your vehicle. So you make sure to get out to throw those illegal molotov cocktails.


Random law: All residents MUST bathe on Saturday nights.


In Fredrick, Virginia it is illegal to buy silverware without a special license.


Riding a horse is totally fine. However, riding an ugly horse is completely against the law. Poor Mr. Ed.

West Virginia

Virginia may be for lovers, but West Virginia is for meat lovers. Officials in the Mountain State have deemed it perfectly legal for anyone to scavenge road kill.


Camping on a public highway will cost you big time. That right, 10 whole dollars.


Random law: It is illegal to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April . UNLESS you have a special permit.