Eight Mind-Boggling Ways To Break The Law In A Car

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
eight mind boggling ways to break the law in a car

Here are eight mind-boggling reasons why you could be pulled over, ticketed, or maybe even arrested while driving or even parking your car. They have been collected by the Criminal Justice Degrees Guide, the people who help you get a job as a police officer. They should know.

1. Your Door Is Open Too Long

According to section 811.490(b) of Oregon’s state traffic laws, it is a Class D traffic violation to leave a car door open “for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.” The unloadiong of dogs, suitcases, groceries or anything else without two legs can get you in trouble.

2. You Accidentally Screeched Your Tires

In Derby, KS., you can be pulled over and ticketed if your tires screech. The fine can be up to $500 or 30 days in jail.

3. You’re Singing A Rap Song With Your Windows Down

Section 13-53(a) of the Rockville, Maryland, municipal ordinance states that, “[a] person may not profanely curse and swear or use obscene language upon or near any street, sidewalk or highway within the hearing of persons passing by, upon or along such street, sidewalk or highway.”

4. You’re Driving Near A Bar

Several states have passed laws allowing “sobriety checkpoints” along roads with a high instance of alcohol-related accidents, as well as “no refusal” weekends in entire urban areas. In these cases, police officers in cities like Austin and Houston, Texas may stop your vehicle without probable cause.

5. You Camp In A Wagon

According to Section 86.025 of Wisconsin traffic law, it is “unlawful for any person or persons to camp in wagons [. . .] on the public highways.”

6. You Parked In Front of Dunkin Donuts on Main Street West in South Berwick, Maine

It is illegal in the township of South Berwick, Maine, to park on “Main St. (West) in front of Dunkin Donuts to a point 25 feet south.”

7 . You’re Having Sex In The Front Seat of Your Taxi During Your Shift

It is illegal for Massachusetts cab drivers to have sex in the front of their cabs if they’re on the clock. If the woman is on top, this is doubly illegal.

8. You’re A Child, And You’re Driving A Big Wheels Tonka Truck

In Canton, Ohio, it’s against municipal ordinance to “go upon any roadway” if you’re on “roller skates or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device.” The penalty is a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Want more silly laws? There is no shortage. Know silly laws and ordinances where you live? Let’s hear them.

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Mar 21, 2012

    My uncle was given a ticket for riding a wheelie on the sidewalk and the ticket read "Failur to maintain control". He beat it in court when the judge agreed he was in control but the judge also noted that he should be given a ticket for reckless driving the next time.

  • Flychinook Flychinook on Mar 25, 2012

    In my home town, doing a burnout won't get you a reckless driving ticket, but it WILL get you an "excessive noise" ticket. Strangely, I never once saw a Harley pulled over for this. Then again, this is the same town that will ticket you for "unnecessary, repetitive driving". http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-end-of-cruising

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  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
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