CARS.COM — Saturday is April Fools’ Day, and rather than run some outrageous headline and hope you actually click on the link to find out that it’s FAKE NEWS, we figured we’d instead write about something that seems like B.S. but isn’t. Weird traffic laws abound across these United States, and one need only sift through legalese to find the strangest strictures.
A cursory Google search for “weird traffic laws” will turn up plenty of examples of bizarre automotive legislation, such as Alaska’s alleged ban on strapping the family dog to the roof of your car; a California prohibition on women driving while wearing a housecoat; and the supposed illegality in Tennessee of shooting an animal from a vehicle except a whale. We can’t vouch for the veracity of any of these (likely antiquated, certainly suspect) laws, but we found plenty of our own that are, or at least were, on the books.
Here are 17 of the weirdest traffic laws we came across…
The rider of a motor scooter in California shall not attach himself or herself to any other vehicle on the roadway.
We envision this as being like when Michael J. Fox grabbed onto cars to be towed along on his skateboard in “Back to the Future,” only dorkier.
No person shall operate a vehicle California while wearing glasses having a temple width of a half-inch or more if any part of the temple extends below the center of the lens, interfering with the driver’s lateral vision.
This is colloquially known as “The Oakley Law.” Because, California.