13 Weird Driving Laws

It is illegal to drive black cars on Sunday in Denver, and no one can ever drive red cars on Lake Street in Minneapolis at any time. Read now for even more weird driving laws from all over the country and see if your state makes the list. If you’re from Oregon, watch out! Weird driving laws in that state make the list twice.

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UPDATED: Nov 15, 2020

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Weird driving laws abound, and every state has a few that are, shall we say, out of the ordinary. Some laws are outdated, while others have no logic purpose for existing.

One thing all these weird driving laws have in common is that they are actually on the books, and can be amusing to read about but frustrating if you are actually stopped.  Hopefully, most of these laws are no longer enforced, but just being on the books means they could be.

Here is a list of our 13 favorite weird driving laws, along with some related laws in each runner up position:

  1. Members of the Georgia Assembly cannot be ticketed while Assembly is in session. The purpose behind this law was undoubtedly to prevent Assemblymen from being detained for undue periods of time, but it is easy to see how this law could be used to avoid other driving offenses as well.
  2. Denver prohibits driving a black car on Sunday, but the most limiting color law is in Minneapolis, where it is against the law to drive a red car on Lake Street at any time.
  3. In Montana, you are not allowed to leave a sheep unattended in your truck. In California, you are allowed to shoot only one mammal from the window of your car: a whale.
  4. Oregon makes it mandatory to yield to pedestrians while driving on a sidewalk. In Dublin, Georgia, driving on playgrounds is prohibited, which may not be a bad thing, but seems rather unnecessary.
  5. Rhode Island has a law that requires you to make an audible noise when passing another vehicle. Pennsylvania requires you to stop every mile and set off flares or other warning signals and then allow 10 minutes for livestock to clear the road.
  6. Tennessee and Mississippi both have laws that require female drivers to have a male flagger walking front of the vehicle. Other states have similar laws in place to prevent accidentally driving through herds crossing the roads, but they do not single out women as needing the assistance.
  7. Oregon has a law against leaving your car door open too long. The state also prohibits using your car to demonstrate physical endurance, so make to coast off the roadway if your vehicle breaks down.
  8. In Youngstown, Ohio, you can be ticketed if your car runs out of gas. Even worse, Minnetonka, Minnesota writes tickets for leaving mud or other debris in the road.
  9. On Kansas Avenue, in Kansas City, the law forbids transporting dead poultry on the roads. And if you squeal your tires in the state, you could face up to 3 months in jail.
  10. Evanston, Illinois makes it illegal to change clothes in a vehicle with the windows drawn. If a fire is involved, closing the curtains is okay. Really, it’s the law.
  11. Indianola, Iowa prohibits ice cream trucks from using the roads. It is hard to tell whether this law is supposed to regulate ice cream eating or private enterprise, but it is on the books.
  12. Scituate, Rhode Island makes it illegal to carry beer in your car, even if it is unopened. Hilton Head, South Carolina goes a step farther and makes it against the law to have trash in your car.
  13. In California, it is illegal for anyone to jump from a car that is going more than 65 miles an hour. And once you bail out, keep in mind that California also prohibits driverless vehicles from traveling in excess of 60 miles per hour.

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