Road Rules: 9 Weird Traffic Laws

We all know the basic rules of the road: stop at stop signs, slow down at a yellow light, pedestrians have the right of way, and so on.

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While traffic laws are here to protect us and regulate the roads, we’ve uncovered some strange (and likely unknown) road rules.

You can get a ticket if…
…your car runs out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio.

…you drive through playgrounds in Dublin, Georgia or don’t yield to pedestrians when driving on a sidewalk in Oregon. Stay the course, friends!

…you plant rutabagas in roadways in Chico, California. But, planting one of your other favorite vegetables is fair game, apparently.

…you frown at a police officer in New Jersey. Turn that frown upside down, or you could find yourself with a ticket.

…you swear from a vehicle in Rockville, Maryland. Reign in your road rage til you get out of town.

…you screech your tires while driving in Derby, Kansas. This could land you 30 days in jail so keep it down.

…you operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat in Massachusetts. You’ll have to find another way to transport your gorilla friends to dinner.

…you read comic books while driving in Oklahoma. Save the Batman comics for public transit.

…you do any “fancy riding” on a bicycle in Galesburg, Illinois.

If you’re like us, you might be asking what “fancy riding is.” Apparently you won’t be yelling “look ma, no hands!” on your bike in Galesburg. But, if you find yourself biking more often than driving, pay-per-mile insurance could be a good fit for you! Learn more about pay-per-mile insurance here.

3 responses to “Road Rules: 9 Weird Traffic Laws

  1. In San Francisco motor vehicles evidently have to yield to bicycles and pedestrians, even when the motor vehicle has the green light and the bicycles and pedestrians have a red light. If a bicycle hits a parked car, it is the cars fault for being there, not the bicyclists. This applies to unoccupied cars as well. Don’t park near a bike lane. Or best yet, don’t drive in or near San Francisco. Bring lice repellent if taking public transit. Watch for competitive bikers if you ride a bike. They get a little crazy out there. And whatever you do, if you see a MUNI or double decker bus, GET OFF THE SIDEWALK. RUN!!!

  2. Love this information! I would like to see more obscure traffic laws…when you get the chance!

  3. These laws are outlandish,however someone has broken them for sure.
    I am not planning to drive in any of these states except California.
    I need to remember not to plant rutabagas in Chico.

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