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On the Far Side: Bizarre driving laws across the US

The International Drivers Association highlights some of the most unusual driving laws that one can encounter on American roads

The United States is home to many unique driving laws that vary from state to state. While some of these laws might seem quirky, they are nevertheless part of the legal framework that drivers are expected to understand and follow.

The International Drivers Association has highlighted some of the most unusual driving laws that can encounter on American roads.

No Honking at Sandwich Shops: Little Rock, Arkansas

It’s illegal to honk a car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 p.m. in Little Rock, Ark. The reasons for this law are not completely clear, but it may have been established to preserve the peace of dining establishments during the evening hours. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in a fine.

No Scavenger Hunts: Clarendon Hills, Illinois

In Clarendon Hills, Ill., scavenger hunts involving motor vehicles are illegal. It appears that local authorities are concerned about the distractions and potential traffic violations they could cause.

Mandatory ‘Splash Guards for Dirty Roads: Minnetonka, Minnesota

In Minnetonka, Minn., vehicles driving on dirty roads are required to have mud flaps or “splash guards” to prevent debris from flying onto other cars. The specificity of the law sets it apart from more general road safety regulations.

No Gorillas Allowed: Massachusetts

This law isn’t confined to a specific city but rather applies to the whole state. In Massachusetts, it’s illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the back seat. How and why this law was passed isn’t clear.

No Running Out of Gas: Youngstown, Ohio

In Youngstown, Ohio, it’s illegal to run out of gas. The law may seem illogical at first glance, but it is intended to discourage negligent driving practices that could put both the driver and other road users at risk.

Dirty Tires Prohibited: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Again from Minnetonka, this law prohibits driving a vehicle with “dirty tires.” The law may have been implemented to reduce the debris and dirt that cars can bring onto public roads, particularly from unpaved surfaces.

Don’t Tie Your Dog to the Roof: Anchorage, Alaska

In Anchorage, it’s illegal to tether a dog to the roof of a vehicle. Violating this law not only incurs a fine but is also considered animal cruelty.

The “No Blasting” Rule: University City, Missouri

In University City, Mo., it’s illegal to “squeal” or “peel” out. This law intends to discourage drivers from doing high-speed maneuvers that could lead to dangerous situations.

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