But hidden among the regular rules of the road are hundreds of bizarre traffic laws that have somehow worked their way into city ordinances, local legislation, and state constitutional amendments. Here are some of the best of the best (or should we say, worst of the worst?) traffic regulations from across the country.
In the resort town of Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to have trash in your vehicle. Better stash that soda can!
In Virginia, there is a specific law which states that it is perfectly acceptable to scavenge for road kill as a source of food…for humans.
It is explicitly illegal for Alabamians to drive while blindfolded. We’re glad they cleared that up.
Rockville, Maryland has outlawed cursing from moving vehicles.
Don’t practice your stuntman skills in Glendale, California. It is illegal to jump from a car travelling at 65 miles per hour.
If an alligator is tied to a parking meter in Florida, the fee must be paid for the occupied spot just as if the gator was actually a car.
In Oregon, drivers must not leave the doors of their vehicle open for longer than deemed necessary. It seems the maximum time is under the discretion of the ticketing officer.
Horses may not be kept within fifty feet of any Mississippi roadway.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware prohibits individuals from changing clothes in a car.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to allow a gorilla to ride in the backseat of your vehicle.
In Colorado, car dealers may not show customers cars on Sunday.
Tennessee mandates that you cannot shoot any game from a moving vehicle…except whales.
Red cars are banned from driving on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Radar detectors used to warn drivers of approaching police vehicles are illegal in the state of Virginia.
In Anchorage, Alaska, it is illegal to strap your pet dog to the roof of your car.
What do you think the stories behind each of them are?