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While there are plenty of life-saving laws that you should adhere to in Arizona, especially those pertaining to DUIs, there are some driving laws around the world and here in the USA that are just plain strange. Here at the Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ, we’re taking the time today to show you some of the weirder driving laws we’ve discovered. You may be surprised by what you find, as we were too.
First, let’s take a look at some of the more bizarre laws that occur around the world:
Thailand: It’s illegal to drive without a shirt on. While it can be understandably hot in this country, they don’t want your at the wheel without being fully clothed.
Russia: You can be fined by driving a dirty car. This was originally put in place so that it would be easier to read license plates and registrations, but has since become a nuisance when Russians are restricted on where they can clean their cars.
Philippines: On Mondays, you cannot drive a car whose license plate ends in numbers 1 or 2. While this sounds crazy, it’s actually efficient for reducing congestion in certain areas of the Philippines, especially in their capital, Manila.
France: All drivers must have a breathalyzer in their car. While that would be considered a form of punishment over here in the US, it’s apparently the norm to the French. If you’re caught without one in France, you can receive a hefty fine.
Japan: You can be fined if you splash somebody on the sidewalk while driving. Known for their polite culture, even the driving laws of the Japanese are considerate to pedestrians.
Cyprus: Don’t let road rage or hunger get the best of you in Cyprus: if you take either hand off the wheel, whether in rage, to eat ,or take a swig of water, you can be fined.
Costa Rica: It’s apparently okay for drivers to drink alcohol while driving…as long as they don’t get drunk. Costa Ricans are perfectly fine with consuming a beer while driving, but their BAC can’t reach 0.75%, or they’ll be fined.
Our laws here in the United States can seem just as strange! Take a look at just some of the strange driving laws that have been found right here in our fifty states:
Alabama: You are perfectly allowed to drive the wrong way down a one-way street, as long as a lantern is hanging on the front of your car.
California: It’s illegal for women to drive in a bathrobe or dressing gown.
Colorado: Don’t drive a black car on Sunday in Denver.
Florida: If you tie your elephant to the parking meter, you need to pay the meter.
Georgia: In Marietta, it’s illegal to spit from a moving car or bus, but not from a moving truck.
Kentucky: It’s illegal for your dog to molest a vehicle.
Michigan: Relaxing to read the newspaper is nice, but it’s illegal to do so in the middle of the street.
Missouri: It’s illegal for passengers to honk a driver’s car horn.
Nevada: It’s against the law to ride a camel on the highway.
Pennsylvania: If you find yourself on country roads, it’s the law to stop every mile and shoot a rocket or signal to warn livestock of your approach.
Rhode Island: It’s illegal to race a horse down the highway.
Tennessee: It’s illegal to shoot game from your vehicle, unless it’s a whale.
While there may be some strange driving laws in circulation here at home and around the globe, keep in mind that when it comes to laws about drunk driving, nearly every single country and state can agree that it’s dangerous. If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI here in Tempe, AZ, give us a call at The Weingart Firm first thing. Our professional team of experienced attorneys will work hard to defend your rights and help achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.