We recently published our article “The Weirdest Driving Laws In All 50 States” highlighting some of the wackiest laws still on the books in the US. Apparently, we’re not the only ones who found these laws to be strange, to say the least.
WSPA (Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson, SC) used our article and the strange laws in North and South Carolina as the basis for a news segment recently. Correspondent Diane Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) hit the streets to see what people thought.
Asked about the South Carolina law about not storing trash in your car, Shanda Mayes replied “The better put me in jail now!” (Full disclosure: I would probably get the death penalty for this if I was pulled over in South Carolina).
When told about the Pennsylvania law stating you have to take apart your car and hide it if horses are scared of it, Curt Strickland said he didn’t agree with that and if the horses were scared “they’d just have to put them in the barn!”
The list was shown to South Carolina state lawmaker and lawyer Derham Cole (R-District 32); he laughed about it, but stated that while the laws were silly, state legislatures need to do a better job about striking these antiquated laws off the books. “The laws can jump and surprise people, citizens, lawyers, legislators, and we should be vigilant and try to make the law as efficient and streamlined as it can be.”
Diane closed the segment saying “Something happened in order to get these laws on the books, and the stories behind those must be very interesting.” Indeed. Like why is it illegal to have a flamethrower attached to your car in Mississippi? Did some go full Mad Max: Fury Road at some point? We may never know.
To check out WSPA’s segment, just click here:
Travel Tip: If you’re in West Virginia and you drive past road kill, you can take it home for dinner! Bon Appétit!