No “Fancy Riding”: Six Weird Traffic Laws

Whenever we get in our cars, we are obviously aware of the laws that we are supposed to follow. Don’t speed. Don’t litter. Don’t ride the bumper of the person in front of you. But what about the laws that we don’t think of, the ones that were created years ago, usually by some small town government, and were just never taken off the books? Here are some of our favorite weird traffic laws from around these great United States of ours, taken from our friends at

Weird Traffic Laws

In Galesburg, Illinois, it is illegal for a person to practice “fancy riding” on a bicycle. No mention or description of what “fancy driving” means is included, so we’ll assume it means driving while blaring “Fancy” by Reba McIntire from a boombox.

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weird traffic lawsIn Oklahoma, it is illegal to read comic books while driving. No other sorts of books are mentioned, meaning two things: one, you can still read an unillustrated copy of A Wrinkle of Time all you please, and whoever passed this law likely had a teen son who wore a mask and cape to school.

In the town of Scituate, Rhode Island, it’s illegal to drive with unopened beer in your car. Doesn’t matter if you’re coming from the grocery store, that beer has to be in the trunk. Or on the roof. Yeah, on the roof seems better.

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If you needed any other proof that New Jersey was as bizarre a state as there is in the union, New Jerseyans are required by law to honk before passing. My guess that this contributes to the overall impression that people from New Jersey are a little rude.

In Massachusetts, it’s illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat. Good thing, too. Although I have my doubts that any Massachusetts lawmakers have tried to put a gorilla in the backseat. They ride shotgun where we come from.

Finally, right here in Alabama, it’s illegal to drive while blindfolded. However, we have it on good authority that cops actually like it when people drive blindfolded, since it’s a tell-tale sign that the driver is from Florida.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these bizarre traffic laws, and that you’ll come see us soon at Harbin Automotive!