The Odd and Weird of Traffic Laws

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·         It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
·         Brewerton: Use of motor boats forbidden on city streets.
       ·         Fairbanks: No moose is allowed to have sex on city streets.
·         Glendale: It is against the law for a car to back up.
·         Little Rock: Flirtation between the members of the opposite sex on the streets may result in a 30-day jail term….
·         Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard simultaneously.
·         You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
·         Devon: it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset
·         Hartford: Crossing the street walking on your hands is not allowed.
·         An elephants tied to a parking meter must pay a regular parking fee.
·         Idaho Falls: Forbidden for anyone over the age of eighty-eight to ride a motorcycle.
·         Prohibited to drive a car without a steering wheel.
·         Evanston: Unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.
·         Marshalltown, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants
·         “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.”
·         An amendment to the above law: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses.”
·         Forbidden to appear on the streets of any town or village in bathing dress without police protection.
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·         Detroit: Couples are not allowed to make love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property.
·         St. Louis: Illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.
·         A motorist approaching a horse at night must send up warning red rockets and Roman candles, throw a scenic tarpaulin over his car to conceal it from the horse, and take his machine apart and hide the parts in the grass it the tarpaulin doesn’t soothe the horse.
·         It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
New Jersey
·         Liberty Corner: Any couple making out inside a vehicle, and accidentally sounding the horn during their lustful act, may be taken to jail.
New Mexico
·         Carlsbad: During lunch breaks no couple should engage in a sexual act while parked in their vehicle, unless their car has curtains.
New York
·         Albany: Disallowed to play golf in the streets.
North Carolina
·         Asheville: You can’t sneeze on the streets.
·         Berea: Any animal that is out after dark must have a tail light.
·         Cleveland: Operating a motor vehicle while sitting in another person’s lap is forbidden.
·         Youngstown: Running out of gas is illegal.
·         Clinton: Masturbating while watching two people having sex in a car is forbidden.
·         “Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.”
·         Harrisburg: Illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth.
·         It is illegal to drive a car while sleeping.
·         You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
·         Memphis: Illegal for a woman to drive by herself; “a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists if the vehicle is going over 5 mph”.
·         When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
·         Birds have the right of way on all highways.
·         Rutland: Cars are forbidden from backfiring.
·         “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.”
·         Wilbur: Illegal to ride upon the streets on an ugly horse.

The Firsts in the History of World Traffic

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The First Accident

In 1771 the first accident involving a motor vehicle took place in Paris when Cugnot’s steam tractor hit a low wall in the grounds of the Paris arsenal.

The Highway First Act

The Locomotives and Highway Act was the first piece of British motoring legislation. This was also known as the Red Flag Act of 1865. The act required three persons in attendance one to steer, one to stoke and one to walk 60 yards ahead with a red flag to warn the oncoming traffic.

The First License Plate of the World

The world’s first car number plates were issued by the French police in 1893.

First Man to get a traffic ticket

In 1895 John Henry Knight was convicted and fined for using a motor-tricycle on the highway. He was probably the first motorist to appear in court.

First Fatal Car Accident

The first motor-car accident in Britain resulting in the death of the driver occurred in Grove Hill, Harrow-on-the Hill, London, on 25th February 1899.

The First Dusty Road to Tar Surface

In 1902 Tar was first used on a Macadam surface to prevent dust in Monte Carlo. It was the idea of Dr. Guglielminetti, a Swiss. At first the tar was brushed in cold, but soon it was applied hot.

The Motor Car Act

The Motor Car Act of Britain came into force on 1st January 1904. It required that all cars be registered and carry a number plate, and all motorists to have a driving licence. But there was no driving test to pass and the licence was obtained by filing up a form and paying the fee at a post office. The act made dangerous driving an indictable offence.

The First Gas Pump

The first petrol pump was installed in USA in 1906.

The First Traffic Light of the World

The World’s first traffic lights were installed in Detroit, USA in 1919. The first traffic lights in Britain were installed in Wolverhampton during 1928. However, they did not come to London till 1932.

First Pedestrian Crossing

The pedestrian crossing were instituted in Britain in 1934. The roads were marked by dotted lines. On the pavement there were striped Belisha beacon light poles named after Britain’s Minister of Transport L. Hore-Belisha. The Zebra crossing with black and white stripes was developed after the second world war.

 First Traffic Police Woman

Police women were used for traffic control duties for the first time in Paris in 1964. In Delhi we introduced women traffic police in 1989.

First Box Junction

Box junctions, marked with yellow cross-hatching, were introduced in London during 1964. The aim was to prevent traffic blocking junctions when it could not proceed and this was successful

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