Laws are meant to keep order, but some laws are meant to make you laugh. Consider this short list of weird and strange laws when driving in the United States and the world at large.

CHP HOV traffic stop

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Alaska & Massachusetts

If you are planning a road trip in Alaska in your Honda Odyssey, be sure not to strap a dog to the roof of your car—a live one that is. Roof racks for skis, snowboards or luggage are generally acceptable, but your car-surfing pit bull atop the roof will land you a steep fine. On the other hand, Massachusetts does not take specific issue with house pets like dogs and cats, but if you happen to be delivering a gorilla to the state zoo, and the gorilla happens to be in the backseat of your car, you could be in trouble with the law. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat. Sounds like discrimination. What would Jane Goodall have to say?


If your vocabulary includes a generous sampling of regularly uttered verbal expletives, you had better stay off the roads driving your 2013 Porsche Boxster in Rockville, Maryland. The roads in Rockville are strictly G-rated. You could be fined for screaming bleeps from your car or even spend 90 days in the slammer. There, you can curse to your heart’s content!


If you are driving your BMW in Phoenix, AZ, you had better bring your Prozac, depression is not allowed on the road. The Tucson [Arizona] Sentinal describes Arizona as the state with the second worst traffic-safety laws in the nation. Arizona driver’s manual warns against angry, excited, worried and depressed drivers. Of course if you are driving your BMW in Phoenix, you probably have little reason to be depressed in the first place, but just in case…


Like to skateboard or roller skate? Great, just don’t be caught rollerskating or rollerblading on the paved streets of Canton, Ohio. Skateboarding is a crime on the streets in Canton, and you could be fined up to $1,000 or spend six months in jail, where roller skating is definitely not allowed.


Be sure to avoid puddles or mud when driving your Toyota Camry on the roads in Tokyo. Japan is the land of ultimate politeness. Splashing through puddles and unintentionally soaking pedestrians could cost you about 6,400 yen, or $65 U.S. dollars. “Muddy driving” isn’t tolerated in Japan, so drive carefully in the rain and avoid all puddles.

Saudi Arabia

Look out Gloria Steinem, don’t get caught being a woman in Saudi Arabia driving a car on Saudi roads. Women aren’t allowed to drive on a majority of public roads in Saudi Arabia. They could just ride their bikes, right? Nope. In fact, women cannot even ride bicycles under the law. Buckle up well ladies, you could get arrested or deported.


If you are driving your rented Volkswagon Jetta in Madagascar, and you happen to pass by a traffic cop, you are in pretty good shape — that is, unless the officer has his back to you, in which case you have just broken the law. In Madagascar, it is illegal to pass a cop on the road if his back is to you. Better hope he turns around quickly, you might have to wait a while.