5 Weird State Laws You Never Knew About Driving

There are some very weird state laws when it comes to the specific ways states regulate drivers. Take a look at some of the weirdest.

Did you know that it’s illegal to hold office in West Virginia if you’ve ever been in a duel? If you have any plans to become mayor in the future, it may be best to put off challenging your neighbor to a sword-fight.

This is just one of many odd and seemingly unnecessary laws in the United States. Some of these laws are property laws, others refer to civic life, and many others are traffic laws.

Some of the oddest state laws have to do with traffic. We’ll talk about some of our favorite weird state laws in the paragraphs below.

  1. If Two Cars in Virginia Reach a Four-Way Intersection at the Same Time, the Driver on the Left Goes First. 

This seems like a fairly simple law until you consider the fact that it’s a 4 way stop.  If every part of a four-way stop is full, as is often the case in urban areas, who goes?

Technically, everybody has the right of way from another driver’s perspective. This could lead to a very confusing game of chicken.

  1. It is Illegal to Drive While Blindfolded in Alabama

This one isn’t a dumb traffic law so much as it is seemingly unnecessary. You’d think people would know you need to see when operating a vehicle.

The government isn’t vulnerable to insurance fraud, so you know some of these weird state laws exist because of idiots, and not somebody looking for money.

  1. In Florida, You Must Feed the Parking Meter if You Tie an Elephant, Goat, or Alligator to it

This raises a lot of questions, like where did you get an elephant in Florida? Yes, goats and alligators are also strange animals to tie to parking meters, but goats are often farm animals, and the Florida Everglades are famous for alligators.

Furthermore, who thought a rope and a parking meter was enough to keep an elephant or alligator at bay? Elephants weigh several tons and can run 15 miles per hour, and parking meters often weigh less than 50 pounds.

Alligators can bite through steel, so there’s no way a rope is going to stop them. For that matter, the parking meter probably wouldn’t either.

Even the goat could chew through the rope if given enough time.

  1. In Illinois, it’s Illegal to Drive a Car Without a Steering Wheel

Yes, this is a seemingly unnecessary law, but it’s also a semi-impressive one. Who managed to drive a car without a steering wheel? Was this just a matter of steering it to the side of the road when the wheel came off, or did they actually drive it for some distance?

Weird State Laws that Probably Won’t Change the Way You Drive

There are a lot of weird state laws, especially traffic laws. We’ve mentioned some of our favorites in the paragraphs above, but there are others out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re interested.

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