Though it’s important to know the basic traffic laws of the state you’re driving in, it’s also interesting to explore some of the more peculiar regulations some states have passed. The National City auto insurance experts at American Tri-Star have put together a list of 5 of the strangest traffic laws in place across the United States.
1. No Honking Your Horn at Late-Night Sandwich Shops
In Arkansas, it’s illegal to “sound the horn of a vehicle” near a place that serves sandwiches and cold beverages. Even stranger, this law only applies to honking activity after 9pm. It seems to be perfectly legal to sound a horn at a sandwich shop well before dinnertime.
2. No Playing in Traffic
It’s a seemingly obvious piece of advice, but North Carolina went ahead and made it official. According to the law, no one is allowed to “play any games of any description upon the streets or sidewalks of the city.” You’re also not allowed to skate within a fire district, which was apparently a problem for North Carolina residents.
3. No Showing Off Your Biceps
You’ll be slapped with a serious traffic violation if you use your vehicle to “prove your physical endurance” in Oregon. However, the law only applies to highways. It’s presumably still legal for Oregon bodybuilders to use their strength to move cars in grassy fields and parking lots.
4. No Dirty Truck Tires
Truckers in Minnesota aren’t allowed to drive their trucks if their wheels are loaded with “mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter, or other material.” It’s considered a public nuisance and a threat to the peace and safety of the area. No concrete reason is given to explain what makes dirty tires so threatening.
5. No Cursing in Front of Pedestrians
Angry drivers in Maryland were delivered a blow when it became illegal to swear in the presence of pedestrians. It may or may not be legal to swear to yourself when you’re stuck behind someone going 30 mph on a 50 mph street, but if you curse “within the hearing of persons passing by,” you’re officially breaking the law.
If you dig deep enough, you’re likely to find some traffic laws in the state of California that might make you scratch your head as well. However, going without sufficient auto, RV, or motorcycle insurance in National City is no laughing matter. Get in touch with Tri-Star Insurance today at 619-474-3900 and one of our friendly representatives can help you select the policy you need.