Weirdest Automotive Laws in the United States

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We all (hopefully) follow traffic laws. Even if we’re secretly more than a little frustrated with a posted speed limit or confusing parking rules sign. However, there are some truly obscure state laws that are sure to leave you scratching your head in wonder and befuddlement. Here are some of the weirdest traffic laws we’ve heard of from across the country.

Arkansas – Sound Off

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Little Rock, Arkansas has a very strict (and weirdly specific) law when it comes to honking your horn. You can be penalized and fined if you decide to lay on your horn anywhere that serves cold drinks or sandwiches after 9pm. Don’t even think about getting impatient at their Sonic Drive-In!

California – Duck Crossing

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We’ve all seen Duck Crossing signs, but that’s usually been more of a friendly reminder to be aware of our feathered friends rather than a mandate. Not so in Temecula, California! On Rancho California Street, ducks ALWAYS have the right of way when making their way across the road. If you don’t agree with that, you can tell it to the birds.

Nevada – No Camels Allowed

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In Nevada, it is illegal for camels to travel on public highways. This is truly one of the more bizarre-sounding laws we have on the list, but it actually served a purpose at one point in history. In the 1800s, camels were imported to the Silver State to serve as supply transport for the military. Unfortunately for them, the invention of the car meant that Camel Transport fell out of use fairly quickly. However, there were still enough camels around by the late 1800s that this ban was put into place, for the safety of the public AND the camels, presumably.

New Jersey – NOFUN4U

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Driving under the influence is already an incredibly serious and dangerous offense, with some pretty harsh (but necessary) penalties if you are caught. One of the more curious penalties in New Jersey stipulates that, if you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you must maintain a clean record for 10 years before you can regain the option of getting a vanity license plate. It’s probably not very high on anyone’s list of priorities at that point in their life, but IDKLOL.

New Mexico – Taxi Nab

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Sometimes you have to be aggressive to successfully hail a cab, especially when it’s rush hour and everyone is trying to head home after a long day at work. Apparently in New Mexico the reverse is true, to the point where they had to make a law about it. New Mexico state law dictates that cab drivers are prohibited to reach out and pull potential customers into their taxis! We’re somewhat curious to hear the story behind this one, but maybe we don’t want to know…

Tennessee – Call me Ishmael

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This road law rivals the camel one for most random mandate we have EVER heard of. In Tennessee, it is illegal for you to shoot any animal from a moving vehicle…except whales. You know, whales, those pesky Tennessee pests that you see on every backroad and side street.

These are just the TIP of the tricky traffic trivia iceberg. Truthfully, we could make a full list of weird laws for every single state in America. These were just our wacky favorites. After all, who doesn’t love a good story about a camel? The team at BestRide sure does. Now you can’t say we didn’t warn you if you end up getting pulled over for breaking one of these kooky laws while you’re out exploring America’s Most Bizarre Road Trip Attractions.

Annie Boss

Annie Boss

Annie grew up in a small mining town in northern Utah, which gave her an early appreciation of big trucks with even bigger tires. She has a true passion for writing, as well as injecting lighthearted fun and gentle goofs into every piece she puts out. Annie now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been writing about automotive and automotive-adjacent topics for the past two years. Her dream car is a bright yellow hard top Jeep Wrangler with SHERA on the vanity plate.