The Ten Most Obscure Car Laws In The US

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Some obscure laws are still in the books because people forgot about them, others because nobody bothered to change them. The great thing is that you can still get a ticket for breaking them.

10.) Texas Requires Windshield Wipers, But Not Necessarily A Windshield


Hotrods and sports cars without windscreens are fine. But you'll still need wipers:

To register a car in Texas (or in New York), one must have windshield wipers.
However, the windshield itself is optional.


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9.) In Oregon, You Can Legally Turn Left On Red


"Oregon drivers are also allowed to turn left from a two-way street onto a one-way - including onto a freeway ramp - on a red."

Sportwagons says nobody knows about this:

I use this all the time when turning left on a one-way street. Nobody ever follows me and they seem confused, so I think they are unaware.


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8.) However, In Oregon, It's Illegal To Pump Your Own Gas


I know you do, but you're not supposed to. The same goes for New Jersey.

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7.) It's Illegal To Honk Or Not Park At A McDonald's


Chairman Kaga says there are some difficulties when ordering a cheeseburger:

In Arkansas, if you drive to McDonald's, but change your mind, you will get a ticket unless you stop the car and park first. You'll also get a ticket if it's after 9 p.m., you see a friend across the street of said restaurant, and you honk your horn.


The same goes for Paramount, California:

No person shall drive a motor vehicle onto the premises of a drive-in restaurant and leave the premises without parking such motor vehicle, unless there is no unoccupied parking space available on the premises. Source: Code 1961, 25-156, 25-158Sec. 18-54.

Sounding of horns at sandwich shops. No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m. Source: Code 1961, 25-74


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6.) In New Jersey, Hanging Dice Or Air Fresheners Are Illegal


You can't have hanging dice, air fresheners, nothing:

New Jersey: It is illegal to have anything hanging from the rear view mirror, no fuzzy dice or air fresheners. It doesn't even matter if it's a religious item. It is actually a pull over offense so you can be stopped for it. They can write the ticket for obstruction of view I believe.


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5.) In California, It's Illegal To Jump From A Car At 65 MPH

In Glendale, California, it's illegal to jump from a car at 65 mph.

Makes sense.

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4.) In PA, You Have To Send Up Rocket Signals To Avoid Animals


It's all about cattle and horses according to Brian Stieh:

Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.

Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass.

In the event that a horse refuses to pass a car on the road, the owner must take his car apart and conceal the parts in the bushes.


Meat is more important than your stupid car.

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3.) In Massachusetts, It's Illegal To Have A Bro Truck


Who needs sway bars anyway says your Jeep is screwed:

Massachusetts lift height law. It states vehicles can only be lifted a height determined by the following equation based on wheelbase:

(1) The maximum mechanical lift for four wheel drive motor vehicles
shall be calculated by multiplying the wheel base times the wheel track,
and dividing the product by a safety factor of 2200:
i.e., 92" w/b x 58" w/t = 5336/2200 = 2" (maximum mechanical lift). Which for reference, a Jeep cherokees maximum lift is approx. 2.5 inches, which is complete bull.


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2.) In Alabama, You Can Drive Against Traffic If You Have A Lantern


We'll have to trust JayBe_III on this one:

In Alabama it is legal to drive the wrong way down a 1 way street, just as long as you have a lantern hanging on the front of your vehicle. Insane but true.


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1.) In Waynesboro, Virginia It's Illegal For A Woman To Drive Up Main Street


It's outrageous that this is still a law:

It's illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main St. unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.


You would think these laws are long gone, but they're still in the books. Politicians are busy you know...

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