Obscure Traffic Laws That Shouldn’t be Real (But Are)

Speed limits, stop signs, passing lanes, and parking zones are expected by most drivers in all 50 states. Break one of these rules, and you could find yourself on the side of the road with a police officer at your window. But while driving school and traffic signs teach us the basic do’s and don’ts of the road, there are fringe laws that leave most drivers scratching their heads. Police may not enforce these odd laws, but they’re still on the books, we checked!

1. Pennsylvania – “break” for horses

Horses on the road

That’s not a misspelling. An old Pennsylvania statute technically requires motorists to break down his or her car for approaching horses if the animals become skittish at the sign of a vehicle on the road. While cars will commonly pull over for a horse and buggy on country roads, rarely will anyone break out a toolset and start taking the car apart.

2. Keep your tank full in Youngstown, Ohio

Filling gas tank up

Running out of gas is embarrassing in most places, but it’s a crime in this small northwest Ohio city. If you do happen to get caught empty-tanked in the middle of town, try telling police that pushing your car down the road is a new CrossFit workout.

3. Denver: no black cars on Sunday

Police car

As backwards as it sounds, Denver has something against driving a black car on Sunday. The law is technically in the books, but we think you should feel confident looking the other way on this one and driving whatever color car you want, seven days a week.

4. Keep animals inside the car in Alaska

Dog in car

It sounds like a bad joke from Family Vacation, but it is very much illegal to tie your pet to the roof of your car in America’s largest state. Now, it’s not exactly legal to do that anywhere else, but Alaska is the only state that wrote a law for this very situation. We know Alaskan Malamutes can handle the cold, but riding on the roof is just cruel!

5. Toot your own horn in Missouri

Guy driving

The title to the car better be in your name if you’re honking the horn in the “Show Me State.” It’s illegal in Missouri to honk the horn of someone else’s car. We might actually agree with this one – who messes with the steering wheel when they’re riding shotgun?

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