View Full Version : Weird Traffic Laws

03-28-2011, 12:21 AM

8. Kentucky Doggie
In Fort Thomas, Kentucky, it is illegal for your pet to “molest” a vehicle. Yes, that is the actual, unfortunate legal term used in the city ordinance for “animal-related nuisance.”

The idea of this section is that it is illegal for a pet to cause “annoyance, discomfort or injury to the health and welfare of persons in the community.” The ordinance states that that includes “molesting pedestrians or passing vehicles.”

It is unclear if they were just being thorough or if doggie molestation of cars is common here. In any case, the penalty is that animal-control officers have the right to impound any animal and issue a citation to the owner. Of course, if your dog has a habit of molesting vehicles, you probably already knew you had problems!

The penalty is a fine of up to $500.

7. Dunkin', No Parkin'
Yes, doughnut cravings can be powerful but if you’re in South Berwick, Maine, they can also be expensive. If you park in front of the Dunkin Donuts, you will be ticketed. Specifically, the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street “to a point of 25 feet south.”

No, it’s not so police officers can always be first in line. It’s actually part of a longer list of no-parking zones to “avoid conflict with other traffic.” In this particular case, there’s a school right next door and the road isn’t big enough for parking — parking there would block traffic. Of the seven locations listed in this section of the town ordinance, it’s worth noting that this is the only one that specifically names a business — “No parking in front of the Dunkin Donuts.” They were probably so sick of hearing the excuse “Oh, I’ll just be in and out in five minutes,” that they decided to spell it out — no, seriously, no parking on Main Street IN FRONT OF THE DUNKIN DONUTS.

The penalty is a fine of up to $175 and/or jail time of up to 30 days.

03-28-2011, 10:12 AM
There's quite a few here in PA. One I can think of off the top of my head is that you are required to repeatedly honk your horn and flash your high beams while passing another vehicle to let them know you're passing them. If you can't, you're supposed to just honk your horn. Last time I saw someone do that, it was called road rage...but it's required by law (PAMVC section 3303 b)

03-28-2011, 10:51 AM
Hmm.... Virginia's RD ban and reckless laws? Those would qualify as "weird" in my book....

03-28-2011, 04:55 PM
Some of those are good ones.