Even if you’re not from Texas, you probably know that it is illegal to urinate on the Alamo, thanks to Ozzy Osbourne! Of course, that was over 32 years ago. I’m sure they make Depends for rockers too, don’t they? In April of this year, a 23-year-old El Paso resident was sentenced to 18 months in the Texas State Prison and fined $4000.00 for doing the same. All states have their own crazy laws. And, while most of these laws are outdated and probably no longer enforced, they are still in the law books. Here are a few other Texas strange laws you will find in the Lone Star State, which was in the top 5 cities for traffic tickets in 2010.

You can’t do a U-turn in Richardson. I’m surprised that there aren’t more crazy laws in Richardson, Texas. They are at the top of the list for writing the most traffic tickets in the nation. Another weird law in Texas, it’s illegal to have anything protruding from your bumper unless it is attached with a chain. It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don’t need a windshield but you must have wipers. And, I love this one. In Texarkana, it is illegal to own a dingo, wallaby, or poison frog. Are there a lot of Aussies living in Texarkana? More unbelievable driver-related laws, nationwide, get even weirder. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. I hope Stevie Wonder’s not from Alabama. In California, it is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale. And women may not drive in a house coat. So, it’s probably like a felony if a woman wearing a camouflage house coat shoots a whale from her car. In Washington, a motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town. Now, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of being a criminal? Ratting on yourself?

And, this is not driving-related but I just needed to share. In New York, the penalty for jumping off of a building is death. Duh!

Until next week…

Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist

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