Most of the time, most of
us are courteous, law abiding drivers. But there are some arcane, outdated and
just plain strange traffic laws around the world that may get you a costly
ticket — or worse — land you in jail. Most of these strange regulations are
outdated, but they still exist, and theoretically could be enforced.
You can’t drive a black car
on a Sunday in Denver, Colo.
In Alabama, it is illegal
for a driver to be blindfolded or barefoot while operating a vehicle.
Women can’t wear a
housecoat while behind the wheel in California.
Driving while not wearing
shoes is prohibited in Virginia.
In Thailand, you must wear
a shirt while driving a car.
If you have been convicted of driving while
intoxicated in New Jersey, you’ll no longer be eligible to apply for
personalized license plates.
In Alabama and the European
country of Luxembourg, you must have windshield wipers on your car, but a
windshield isn’t mandatory.
In Glendale, Ariz., cars
may not be driven in reverse. In California, no vehicle without a driver may
exceed 96 km/h an hour.
Cars may not drive on the
streets of Redlands, Calif., unless a man with a lantern is walking ahead of
In Georgia, members of the
state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in
In Denver, Colo., you may
not drive a black car on Sundays, while in Minneapolis and Massachusetts red
cars cannot drive down Lake Street.
In Cape Coral, Fla., it’s
illegal to park a pickup truck on the street in front of a house unless you own
In Montreal, you may not
park a car in such a way that it blocks your own driveway.
Trucks may only park inside
closed garages in Park Ridge, Ill., and in Long Beach, Calif., cars are the
only item allowed in a garage. In Indiana you cannot back into a parking spot
because it prevents police officers from seeing the license plate.