Something that makes the United States special are state-set laws. Despite what one particular political party might say, the federal government does not actually run every aspect of our lives. Driving, minimum wage and insurance are set at the state level. Just as an example, what might be acceptable car insurance coverage in Texas is not acceptable auto insurance in Florida.
But, as with all things, laws can get a little weird depending on where you are. Here’s a look at 25 of Florida’s laws that leave its citizens (and tourists) scratching their heads.
Strange Law 1: The parking fee for an automobile must be the same price as an elephant tied to a parking meter.
Strange Law 2: If you hit a pedestrian with your car in Sarasota, Florida, you only have to pay a $78 fine.
Strange Law 3: It is illegal to drive over or park on top of a grave site.
Strange Law 4: It is illegal to park in an intersection, at a crosswalk or on the edge of a curbed street.
Strange Law 5: In Cape Coral, Florida, it is illegal to park your pick-up truck in front of your house or in your driveway.
Strange Law 6: In Cape Coral, Florida, any persons who store a couch in their carport will have to pay a $50 fine.
Strange Law 7: In Daytona Beach, Florida, it is illegal to store an unused vehicle on public or private property.
Now for a few laws that aren’t driving-specific:
Strange Law 8: You must have a license to ride a skateboard.
Strange Law 9: It is illegal to sell your kids. (Well, yeah — but, wait, what?)
Strange Law 10: Unmarried women cannot parachute out of a plane on Sundays.
Strange Law 11: Women cannot fall asleep under a hair dryer at a hair salon.
Strange Law 12: If you’re wearing a swimsuit in public, it is illegal for you to sing at the same time.
Strange Law 13: It is illegal for a man to wear a strapless formal gown in public.
Strange Law 14: If it is deemed that you have corrupted the public’s morals, you can be hit with a misdemeanor offense.
Strange Law 15: It is illegal to break wind after 6:00 p.m.
Strange Law 16: It is considered an offense to take a shower in the nude.
Strange Law 17: If you are found guilty of horse theft, penalty is death by hanging.
Strange Law 18: It is illegal to chip the edges of more than four cups or saucers or to break more than three dishes.
Strange Law 19: If a flower pot does not have a drainage system, it is labeled as a public nuisance.
Strange Law 20: It is illegal for ice cream sellers to sell ice cream or other treats in a cemetery.
Strange Law 21: In Palm Bay, Florida, it is illegal to tow a bobsled behind a bicycle.
Strange Law 22: In Pensacola, Florida, it is illegal to roll a barrel down a street. Depending on the content of the barrel, you can be fined.
Strange Law 23: In Miami Beach, Florida, it is illegal to sell oranges on the sidewalk.
Strange Law 24: In Key West, Florida, chickens are listed as a protected species.
Strange Law 25: In Destin, Florida, if a cat chases strangers or anyone who walks by their place of residence, they are a ‘bad cat.’
It’s not always easy following the rules, especially when they’re out of date and a little out there. What law should you follow? Florida’s auto insurance laws. Compare auto insurance quotes today with CoverHound.