Driving a vehicle is a big responsibility. If you aren’t careful you can crash your car and end up injuring yourself, damaging your vehicle or property, or potentially seriously hurting someone else.
Driving is hard enough as it is but when you take into account some of the crazy driving laws that are out there things can really get interesting. Wait until you see our list of 6 of the craziest driving laws you’ve ever heard of.
1. Driving Blindfolded
Leave it to the state of Alabama to come up with our first crazy driving law. You would probably think that this is common sense but it was apparently enough of an issue that the Alabama legislature had to institute a law stating that it is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Imagine the first police officer who pulled a car over for reckless driving only to find out that the person behind the wheel of the car was actually blindfolded? This leads to another question. If you are blindfolded how do you know that the police are trying to pull you over? After all, you can’t see anything right?
2. Have a beer in Costa Rica
This next law doesn’t make a lot of sense to us but it seems to be the case in Costa Rica. Drunk driving is prohibited and illegal. That is of course as long as you are ‘legally’ drunk which means having a blood alcohol level of 0.75% or higher in Costa Rica. But if you are casually sipping on a beer and cruising down the dangerous roads of Costa Rica that is perfectly alright…as long as you don’t go over that blood alcohol level of 0.75%. Imagine taking a nice leisurely drive, sipping on a beer, getting pulled over only to tell the officer, “It’s all good. I’m not over the legal limit.”
3. Keep your hands on the wheel
If you are one of those people who suffer from road rage it is probably a good idea that you stay off the streets of Cyprus. Let’s face it. Many of us get angry with other drivers on the roads and will yell or flash a few hand gestures at them to make our point.
If you decide to shake your fists at someone while driving a car in Cyprus you could end up getting pulled over. If a police officer sees you remove your hands from the wheel and wave them at another driver you could be facing a fine. In the end, you may find the fine a small price to pay for saving your peace of mind and venting your frustrations at a bad driver. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
4. Eating and Drinking
The country of Cyprus seems to have its fair share of crazy driving laws but this one seems a bit ridiculous to us. If a police officer sees you eating or drinking while behind the wheel you could face a decent-sized fine. This might make sense if the person was drinking an alcoholic beverage but this law applies to snacks and non-alcoholic beverages like water or soda too.
So if you are going on a road trip of any significant distance you would be wise to not only fuel up your car but also make sure you eat and drink enough to sustain yourself for the duration of your trip.
5. Riding With A Drunk Driver in Japan
It makes a lot of sense from a safety perspective to not get into a vehicle with someone who is drunk. But if you are in the country of Japan and get caught as a passenger of a drunk driver you are in store for some legal trouble too. Even if you are completely sober if the police catch you as a passenger in a car with an inebriated driver you will be fined too.
We guess they want to punish you for being dumb enough to be a sober passenger in a car with someone under the influence. It kind of makes sense that you should face some kind of punishment for having the ‘impaired’ judgment for letting your drunk friend drive you around.