May 4, 2022
Anjali Narbheram highlights some of the most unbelievable laws that still exist in America today.

Don’t Drive Blindfolded in Alabama

It’s illegal to drive blindfolded in Alabama. But the law doesn’t stop there; it also says that drivers aren’t allowed to drive a car if they can’t see what’s in front or on the side of it.

Other strange driving laws in America include:

  • You can’t wash your neighbour’s car without permission in Los Angeles
  • It’s illegal to drive while your dog is tethered to your car in Alaska
  • You can’t drive a car in reverse in public roads in Arizona
  • You’re not allowed to drive a black car on a Sunday in Denver, Colorado
  • It’s illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio

Take a look at a state-by-state breakdown of weird traffic laws on this website.

Sip and Spit Only!

Despite the legal drinking age being 21 in America, there is a strange loophole: students at a culinary school in Illinois can consume wine while under age if they spit it out.

It was argued that culinary students should know their wine well and that this would be an important factor in receiving a valuable education. So, the state passed the Sip and Spit law, allowing culinary students to taste the wine as long as they spit it out afterwards, so that they are able to understand this crucial area of their education.

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You Can’t Send Unsolicited Pizza

If in Louisiana, don’t try to send anyone a surprise pizza or you’ll have to pay heavily for this appalling gesture – a whole $500 fine is coming your way.

Criminals Can’t Protect Themselves From Bullet Wounds

If you’re found wearing a bulletproof vest while committing a crime in New Jersey, you will not only be charged with the crime but have to be charged additionally for trying to protect yourself against bullet wounds.

Your Bingo Game Has A Time Limit

If you’re a bingo lover, you’ll hate to find out that a game cannot last more than five hours in North Carolina. It’s even worse if you like a little glass of wine while playing, because, in this state, it is illegal to be intoxicated while playing bingo.

No Sweets for Adults

If you’re over 14 years old you cannot trick-or-treat in Chesapeake City, Virginia. Adults involved in the trick-or-treating festivities must only be accompanying a child and not engaging in trick-or-treating themselves. However, the under 14s are not totally free from restrictions either and they will be subjected to an 8 pm curfew too. Happy Halloween!

You Need Permission For False Teeth

In Vermont, women must get permission from their husbands if they want to get false teeth. It’s an unenforced law but it hasn’t yet been overturned!

More Strange Laws

Don’t miss our blogs about the weirdest laws from around the world, and the strangest English laws.

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