Crazy Driving Laws by State

Do you live in a state with bizarre driving laws? If you are a resident of Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Maine, or Oklahoma, you might want to read below. Find out if there are any outrageous driving laws in YOUR state!

Most of us are well aware of the basic rules of the road – stay below the speed limit, do NOT drink and drive, stop at red lights, etc.; they aren’t hard to follow, and it’s fairly easy to see why breaking those laws would be bad news.

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Some laws, however, are a little harder to figure out. But even if a particular violation seems silly or unnecessary, the fact that it is on the books means you can still be punished for breaking it. In order to avoid an expensive ticket (or possibly jail time), read on and educate yourself. Also, don’t forget to enter your zip code below to see how much you could save on your next car insurance policy!

Crazy Driving Laws by State:

  • California

Anything that can distract you while you’re trying to drive is generally a bad idea, which explains why cell phones and similar devices have restrictions against operating them while driving. For Californians, however, laptop use behind the wheel is also banned.

  • Alabama

Whether it’s a part of your elite ninja training or you are trying to win a silly bet against your friend, you cannot legally drive in Alabama while blindfolded. If this news is disappointing, the Alabama State Troopers advise you to keep that foolish behavior in Mississippi (where it belongs).

  • Maine

All drivers are familiar with the fact that “traffic happens” (although sometimes the word “traffic” is replaced with a slightly more colorful word). Sometimes cities will pass ordinances in order to prevent predictable and recurring traffic problems from plaguing the general populace. And sometimes, these ordinances are oddly specific – like in South Berwick, Maine, where it is illegal to park in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street.

While it’s tempting to explain this law with your favorite “cops love donuts” joke, it’s actually due to the school located across the street. Hectic morning drop-offs combined with residents desperately trying to satisfy their morning sugar and caffeine cravings creates so much gridlock that the government had to do something about it. And that something can result in a fine of up to $175 and/or jail time of up to 30 days if you violate this law.

  • Iowa

In Indianola, Iowa, the ice cream man is public enemy #1. In order to combat this joy-spreading menace, the locals have outlawed the act of selling ice cream from a truck.

  • Florida

You cannot legally park an elephant in front of a parking meter in Florida without depositing money into said meter. It is unclear exactly how they expect the parking ticket to stick to the elephant’s face, but the safe bet is to always carry quarters in your pocket while taking Dumbo for a joyride.

  • Nevada

It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway, no matter how badly you want to arrive at the Luxor in style.

  • Oklahoma

Oklahoma has made it illegal to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle. Sorry, we don’t have a joke for this one; the material pretty much speaks for itself.