For most drivers, weird traffic laws are just a part of life. But sometimes, the weirdness goes into high gear. Here we’re going to look at some of the craziest driving laws from around the world. Did you know it’s illegal to drive while wearing a blindfold in Alabama?
By All Means, Drink Your Beer While Driving, But Don’t Get Drunk – Costa Rica
In all but name, Costa Rica is US soil. Yet, the laws here are a little more on the liberal side when it comes to enjoying your beer. In the US, you’ve got to drink your pint at home or in a bar. But in Costa Rica, it’s every citizen’s God-given right to have a drink behind the wheel.
There is one caveat, though: all drivers must remain sober. If your blood alcohol goes over 0.75, that’s when trouble starts. The same is true in the US, of course. If you’ve been charged, talk with Mace Yampolsky about your DUI.
Keep Your Car Clean – Russia
In a bid to make sure that the country is keeping up appearance, the Kremlin has decided to get strict. Russians who don’t bother to keep their cars clean face the prospect of being fined a whopping 2000 roubles. Don’t worry; that’s only $57. Still, it’s enough to make you want to keep your old Lada squeaky clean.
Take An Extra Pair Of Glasses – Spain
Most countries seem to get by okay with laws that say that short-sighted drivers should use their glasses. But in Spain, one pair of spectacles isn’t enough apparently. Each driver must have two. Why? Nobody really knows. Bu drivers in the country have to carry a spare set, just in case.
Breathalyzers In France
France was a country once founded on the famous triumvirate of liberty, equality, and fraternity. But recently, liberty seems to be somewhat lacking in the country. Take the law that says that all drivers now have to carry their own breathalyzers everywhere they go. Breathalyzers should be stowed in the glove compartments of family cars and motorbikes. But the French authorities soon found that the law had a bit of a flaw. When people were drunk, they weren’t that interested in testing whether they were drunk. Not surprisingly, the law has been virtually abandoned. There used to be an 11 euro fine. But few people, if anyone, has been affected by the tariff in recent months.
Riding With A Drunk Driver – Japan
In Japan, it’s illegal to drive a car while drunk, as it is in almost every country in the world. But Japan, being Japan, likes to do things a little differently. Japanese law states that it is also illegal for a person to catch a ride with somebody who is already drunk. Why anybody would want to get into a car with an intoxicated person in the first place is still beyond comprehension.
Don’t Drive Blindfolded – Alabama
Nobody seems to know where this law originated. But perhaps it was introduced after somebody tried to prove they knew their way so well, they could find it blindfolded.