Weirdest Rules on the Lone Star Roads
Driving in Texas is a way of life. Though we’re the biggest state in the continental 48 (curse you Alaska!), if a Texan is traveling from one end of the state to the other, you probably won’t find a us taking a plane or train; we’re going to drive.
Maybe it’s the wide-open spaces and sense of boundless freedom that get us Texans going so strong for motoring. But once we get out on that endless highway, all our worries seem to melt away; well, except for the threat of bashing one of those omnipresent white-tailed deer.
Still, it’s not just a deer that might come running out of nowhere and spatter your day with an unexpected bummer; sometimes a weird driving law does the same thing. You might be taking a Sunday morning drive through Galveston, for example, and suddenly find yourself on the side of the road with flashing lights behind you and an officer filling out a ticket.
For this reason, it’s good to be aware of the abnormal driving regulations that exist. And more than that, they’re pretty darn amusing. Let’s take a look at some of the strangest driving laws in the Lone Star State.
Weird Law #1: Vehicles must have windshield wipers- even if they don’t have a windshield.
We’re just enjoying the image of a car driving around with windshield wipers at full blast but no windshield to be wiped.
Weird Law #2: Anything protruding from a car bumper must be attached with a chain.
We’re not really sure what tends to protrude from a car bumper, but if you see something sticking out, throw a chain around it for good measure.
Weird Law #3: In Lubbock, individuals cannot drive within an arm’s length of alcohol. This includes alcohol in someone else’s bloodstream.
If you’re the designated driver after a night on the town in Lubbock, put your intoxicated companions in the back seat. And make sure you can’t reach them. Apparently the Lubbock law enforcement is worried you’re going to vampirically suck that boozy blood right out.
Haven’t You Always Wondered: Can I get a sticker off of my car without ruining it?
Weird Law #4: In Texarcana, horse riders must have taillights on their horses when riding at night.
Like several of these laws, this is just a nice image. And in our modern world where automobiles are a reality, it does make sense that you want to be able to see horse-riders.
Weird Law #5: In Denton County in Fort Worth, you must set your parking brake every time you get out of your car.
You might be hitting up Denton for its active music scene, or a festival such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Just make sure you put your parking brake on before you leave your vehicle. Perhaps because this town is considered North Texas country and features some hilly terrain, the government wants to prevent those vehicles rolling away and straight through a gathered concert crowd.
Weird Law #6: In Richardson, it’s illegal to do a U-Turn.
Only straight or L-shaped patterns, please.
Weird Law #7: It’s illegal to drive down Broadway before noon on Sundays in Galveston.
You know what? We like this one. Broadway before noon on Sunday in Galveston must be quite the place- people running, walking, eating, selling, buying, sleeping, all right out in the street. Or so we imagine. We sure hope people are taking advantage of this unique restriction.
Are any of these laws actually enforced? We’re not sure. But it doesn’t hurt to stay on the safe side and follow them anyway.
Thanks for reading. In parting, we wish that you may always find a shady place to park. Now go forth, and as always, “Drive friendly- the Texas way!”
Okay, we’ve covered laws, and deer. But is it safe to drive when there are heavy winds?