While some traffic laws might not be a great deal of fun and although they can appear as hindrances on occasion, the fact of the matter is that they were created for a reason. Still, some laws are broken more than others. Whether the result of carelessness, becoming distracted or simply not caring, such infractions can result in tickets, hefty fines and even the occasional accident. Still, not all laws are entirely obvious and some are downright strange. There is perhaps no better example of this observation than when referring to the state of Pennsylvania. Let’s take a quick look at some odd rules in order to prepare yourself for your next road trip.
The Horse Before the Carriage
This first law likely dates back to colonial times. Although Pennsylvania is known for its Amish people, this demographic represents a very small portion of the total population. Still, would you know what to do if you happened to be confronted by a horse? The first step is to pull off to the side of the road in order to avoid an accident. You are then required to cover your vehicle with a blanket that matches the nearby landscape so that the animal will not become spooked. You cannot leave until the horse (or horses) finally decide to pass. Needless to say, you could be waiting for a long time.
All About the Livestock
Pennsylvania is known for its farming industry and this can clearly be seen in the sheer number of livestock that you are likely to encounter when out and about. However, you will need to put your sightseeing wishes aside if you happen to come across a herd on the open road. After stopping the vehicle, you are required to provide them with a so-called “warning signal” in hopes that they will move elsewhere. The livestock are allotted a total of ten minutes to get going and even then, you will need to be sure that they are out of the way before moving on. Interestingly enough, the law does not actually define what constitutes a “warning” signal. It was likely derived from the ways when drivers would have to stop at an intersection and fire a flare into the air so that others would know that a car is approaching.
If you happen to have been convicted of a felony in the state of Pennsylvania, you can forget about heading off to that local bingo hall for a fun night out with the friends. It is illegal to stop and play bingo under such circumstances, as you are clearly a danger to fair gameplay.
These are only a handful of the strange Pennsylvania laws that drivers will break on occasion. Of course, be sure to obey all of the more normal traffic regulations if you hope to avoid paying a substantial fine. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about some of the most interesting laws that are in store.
Infographic courtesy of https://www.verti.com/blog/