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Weirdest traffic law in America

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  1. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    Weird Traffic Laws

    10 of the weirdest, wackiest traffic laws in America.
    By Cindy Perman

    You know the basic traffic laws — stop at a red light, obey the speed limit, don’t drink and drive.

    But this is America, land of the free and home of the make-it-up-as-you-go-along, so in addition to the standard traffic laws, there are some weird and wacky ones out there.

    Some of them are specific to activities common in that town or state, and some of them make you wonder why someone had to tell you it’s illegal to do that.

    [​IMG] 10. Screeeeeeeeeeeech!

    In Kansas, it is illegal to screech your tires. That's a state law, but there are also local ordinances to back it up.

    In Derby, Kansas, for example, it's part of a standard traffic ordinance that any act which causes or creates "unnecessary rapid acceleration, unnecessary tire squeal, skid, smoke or slide upon acceleration or stopping including the casting of tread, gravel, dirt or other road surface materials from the tires" is illegal. Also any acts that "simulate a temporary race."

    The penalty is a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.

    [​IMG] 9. Eureka! Wake Up.

    In Eureka, California, it is unlawful and an infraction to sleep in any public space. That might make you think park bench, but they go so far as to add that you are not to sleep on any sidewalk, alley or STREET. That’s right, they have to tell you not to sleep in the street.

    The offense, should you live to be penalized for it, is classified as a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

    [​IMG] 8. Kentucky Doggie

    In Fort Thomas, Kentucky, it is illegal for your pet to “molest” a vehicle. Yes, that is the actual, unfortunate legal term used in the city ordinance for “animal-related nuisance.”

    The idea of this section is that it is illegal for a pet to cause “annoyance, discomfort or injury to the health and welfare of persons in the community.” The ordinance states that that includes “molesting pedestrians or passing vehicles.”

    It is unclear if they were just being thorough or if doggie molestation of cars is common here. In any case, the penalty is that animal-control officers have the right to impound any animal and issue a citation to the owner. Of course, if your dog has a habit of molesting vehicles, you probably already knew you had problems!

    The penalty is a fine of up to $500.

    Rough! Rough!

    [​IMG] 7. Dunkin', No Parkin'

    Yes, doughnut cravings can be powerful but if you’re in South Berwick, Maine, they can also be expensive. If you park in front of the Dunkin Donuts, you will be ticketed. Specifically, the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street “to a point of 25 feet south.”

    No, it’s not so police officers can always be first in line. It’s actually part of a longer list of no-parking zones to “avoid conflict with other traffic.” In this particular case, there’s a school right next door and the road isn’t big enough for parking — parking there would block traffic. Of the seven locations listed in this section of the town ordinance, it’s worth noting that this is the only one that specifically names a business — “No parking in front of the Dunkin Donuts.” They were probably so sick of hearing the excuse “Oh, I’ll just be in and out in five minutes,” that they decided to spell it out — no, seriously, no parking on Main Street IN FRONT OF THE DUNKIN DONUTS.

    The penalty is a fine of up to $175 and/or jail time of up to 30 days.

    Hope you enjoyed that doughnut!

    [​IMG] 6. Watch Your Mouth.

    If you’re not going to listen to your mother and keep your language clean, you’re going to have to answer to the law in Rockville, Maryland. Here, it’s illegal to swear within earshot of other people, whether you’re on a street, sidewalk or highway. That means even if you’re in your car, you’re going to have to use your talking-in-front-of-the-kids voice.

    The penalty is a fine up to $100 and/or jail time up to 90 days.

    Dang, that’s tough!

    [​IMG] 5. Keep It Clean

    This time we’re not talking about your language — we’re talking about your car. In Minnetonka, Minnesota, it is considered a public nuisance, and therefore illegal for “a truck or other vehicle whose wheels or tires deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or other material on any street or highway.”

    All violations of the Minnetonka code are subject to fines up to $2,000 but a spokesperson for the city said the city “attempts several other measures to mitigate the situation before pursuing misdemeanor charges.”

    [​IMG] 4. Keep It On

    This is also something you shouldn’t have to tell people outside of a nude beach but in Sag Harbor, New York, it is illegal to take your clothes off in your car.

    Sag Harbor, out in the tony Hamptons section of Long Island, is a popular spot for beachgoers. So, this section of the code is part of the parks and recreation law — that you have to be wearing a bathing suit in public and you can’t disrobe on the street or in your car or in any public place.

    The penalty is a fine of up to $100 and/or jail time up to three months.

    [​IMG] 3. Just Roll With It

    Roller skating may seem like a harmless hobby but if you do it in the street in Canton, Ohio (other than crossing the street, of course) — that’s illegal.

    That section of the Canton code also applies to “any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device.”

    The penalty is a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

    How much allowance would you have to save up to pay off a $1,000 fine?!

    [​IMG] 2. Time's Up!

    In Oregon, no dilly-dallying with your car door: It’s illegal to leave a vehicle door open on the side of traffic, pedestrians or bicycles “for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.”

    The penalty is a fine of $90 and possible jail time.

    Ready … set … time’s up!

    [​IMG] 1. Rats

    In Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your car.

    Specifically, that section of the code states that it it’s unlawful “to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building, vehicle and their surrounding areas in the town so that the same shall or may afford food or harborage for rats.”

    A violation is consider a public nuisance and is subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or jail time of up to 30 days.

    Rats!
     
  2. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    the worst part is that you can get jail time
     
  3. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    so if im in eureka ca and im caught sleeping in a public place i can get half a year in jail??
     
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    It's not a traffic law, but strange. In Kennesaw GA, if you live in the city of Kennesaw you must own a gun. Of course this could be a good thing if all of the country abided by this, less crime dont you think?
     
  6. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    x2 thats a crock of sh!t!
     
  7. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    x2 I wonder what the rates of crime are there. Also I wonder how many follow this law.
     
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    A former co worker lived there, that is how I first heard of this one. He had a water gun, said hey I own a gun. :D True story.
     
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    I have to think that most probably do something like that to get around it. Plus there is no way they pay someone to travel around to make sure everyone has their gun.
     
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    I don't even think most people in the city know that law. That's where I went to college. I knew that before I went down there to school, and I asked some people that lived there. They said they had never heard of it.
     
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    its also worth noting that you DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT have to have a drivers license!!!!, as long as you are using your "traveling" and not driving, and you have fellow travelers and not passengers, its all very interesting that our rights have been violated for so long!!!!
    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/travel.htm
     
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    Many of the laws make sense. Screeching tires is fun perhaps for juviniles, but it shows a vehicle with no traction or a driver out of control at some level.

    Close the door in a timely matter....a person who doesnt get it deserves a anti-idiot law.
    We all know mudding n fun , but most people dont consider the self appointed awsome badge drops small rocks even. Get a rock ding in your window, wonder no longer. Many construction companies have to SWEEP AND FLUSH the roads they use.Enjoy the muddy truck home , all is good, but wash it.

    1,2,3,5,6,10 make sense. What doesnt make sense is people who cant fiugre out why.
    Wonder why 3 makes(some) sense? Road users are required to have brakes to stop a vehicle, skaters dont stop so well.My 5 wheel inlines dont stop well, i dont hockey stop so well ,and I'm 190lb.
    Sad note on the door law in Oregon , i see idiots in suburus all over town, they get thier child out on the drivers side and not the safe curb side, then act like cars are endangering thier kids. I call them baby danglers to thier face.

    50% or more of all traffic rules are just babysitting for adults anyway, too many people just have to push it too far.
     
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    the Eureka, CA one is BS. I work in Eureka and we have an extremely high number of homeless. Theres always someone sleeping in an alley or bench when i go to work.
     
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    i heard one of thoes dumb driving laws for i think it was baton rouge in Louisiana...it said it was legal to drive the wrong way down a one way street as long as you had a lantern attatched to the front of your car.
     
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