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Strange traffic laws around the world

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The South African traffic law of giving herders and their cattle right of way (not doing so could get you a R3600 fine) might evoke some raised eyebrows from foreigners but some traffic laws from other countries are simply jaw-droppingly strange. Take a look through the below as we try make it easy for you to stay on the right side of the law when travelling in these areas.

In California you are not allowed to drive in a dressing gown and you’re also not allowed to clean your car with used underwear which hopefully is legal in Russia, where it is illegal to drive a dirty car. Drinking and driving is illegal in most places, except perhaps for Costa Rica where it’s legal to drink and drive as long as you’re not drunk, but Cypriots take this law to another level, outlawing drinking water while driving. The French should know better than driving drunk, they all have to carry a breathalyser with them while driving.

Given in to a bout of road rage? Better keep your mouth shut when in Maryland where you can get fined for cursing. Manila in the Philippines has an even stranger road rule: if your number plate ends with 1 or 2, you’re not allowed to drive on Mondays. 

America is definitely the front-runner when it comes to whacky traffic laws. In Kansas it’s illegal to screech your tyres, in Maine it is prohibited to park in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts and in Ohio nobody is allowed to roller skate in the street. You’re not allowed to take your clothes off in your car in Long Island, you’re not allowed to store trash in your car if you find yourself in South California and the people of Oregon take offense to leaving your car door open for longer than necessary. 

Some of these laws are too absurd to even take seriously, but if you ever go to one of these cities, states or countries make sure that you obey the law if you don’t want to find yourself in hot water.