Here are 11 odd traffic laws that are still around today, but obviously are not enforced any more. So join us on a spin in the Life Death Prizes runaround to find out more…
1. At the carwash
Car looking a bit mucky? Give it a wash, then! But please don’t use your underwear to do so! That’s right, it’s illegal to wash a vehicle with your old knickers in San Franciso, USA. How this law came about…well, the mind boggles!
2. Whale of a time
Ever shot an animal from the comfort of your car? Yes? In California, USA, you’d be breaking the law, then! This one seems fairly logical (since it’s flippin’ cruel!), but there is an amendment to it where you can shoot whales! Eh!?
3. Get your oats
Ever hailed a black cab in London, got into the back and found a bale of hay and a bag of oats? Well, urban legend says you should! This springs from when cabs were pulled by horses – but some say has never been updated. Neigh problem learning The Knowledge for your cheeky cabbie, but lugging hay and oats in and out of their cab every day could be!
4. A splashing time
You chugging along in your motor when you notice a pedestrian strolling along in the distance right next to a dirty-great puddle. Do you..? A) avoid the puddle and drive round it? Or B) give in to the little devil on your shoulder and zoom straight through it, giving the poor begger a drenching? If your answer’s B and you do this in Japan and are caught doing it by the police, that’s a £65 ticket, thank you!
5. Duck driving
Truly one of the maddest ones! In Minnesota, USA, it’s illegal to drive with a duck on your head! Hat? Yes. Duck? No! The thing is, someone must have done this in the past to make this a law… Quackers!
6. Drink-drive madness!
In Costa Rica, there’s a bizarre law that lets you drink alcohol whilst you’re driving, but it’s illegal to get drunk whilst driving! You’d have to be sozzled to make sense of that one! A mind-bending addition to our 11 odd traffic laws.
7. Red flag spells danger!
Driving to the shops in New Orleans, USA, to get the weekly shop sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? Not so if you’re a woman – you have to carry a red warning flag with you at all times! Sexist? Hell, yeah!
8. Round the blind bend
Bit of common sense now… It’s illegal to drive in Alabama, USA, blindfolded! Once again, who on earth did this first time round for it to become a law!?!
9. Meals on wheels
Ever sat in a restaurant at around 10pm and asked the man in the car opposite to stop honking his horn? It’s happened to all of us, hasn’t it?! It hasn’t? Well in Little Rock, Arkanas, USA, there’s a law that forbids you from honking your horn after 9.30pm. Sounds normal, doesn’t it? The fact is, it’s only illegal in a restaurant!
10. Blue Mondays
Driving in Manila on a Monday? Licence plate ends in 1 or 2? Leave the car in the garage and get the train to work then, mate, because your number plate makes it illegal to drive on a Monday!
11. Monkey motor
Driving through lovely Massachusetts, USA, with a marmoset in the back seat? Stop that now! It’s illegal! Quite possibly one of the weirdest laws there for you! Then again, what if you put him in the front with you..? Is that allowed?
To finish up – here’s a video of some extremely close calls showing you how NOT to drive!