It’s common for drivers to occasionally come across driving laws they’ve never heard of, but did you know that there are a number of bizarre laws for motorcyclists, too? We’ve compiled a list of the most eyebrow-raising legislation out there so you will be in the know when you get on the road.
Motorcyclists have the ability to run red lights – legally.
In Illinois, among 11 other states, motorcyclists are permitted to treat stop lights as if they were stop signs, yielding to other traffic before proceeding through the red light.
A motorcycle’s headlight must always be turned on.
If you’re in Connecticut, your headlight must always be illuminated- even if it’s the middle of the day. The reason for this law may be to help riders remember to be safe not only at night but all the time.
Don’t hangry honk.
Think twice before honking your horn past 9 PM in Arkansas. It’s illegal to honk your horn near sandwich shops after that time period no matter how hungry you are.
Thou shall wear pants.
In Minnesota, students must wear pants while riding specifically during a motorcycle learning or endorsement programs – not all the time.
The state of Minnesota wants to keep students safe when it comes to their choice of garb since shorts don’t provide the proper amount of protection while riding. This law is specifically aimed at students’ outfits while riding during a motorcycle learning or endorsement program – not all the time.
Pop wheelies on the regular? You may want to think twice.
While laws about wheelies are generally pretty common, there are a number of variations that can be found across different municipalities including in Maine.
Don’t run out of gas…or else.
In Youngstown, Ohio, it’s illegal to run out of gas. We’re curious, does anyone actually do this on purpose anyways? Always check your fuel levels before you head out, but triple check if you’re riding in Ohio.
Ride within your limits.
In the state of West Virginia, no resident “shall operate a motorcycle outside of their ability”. We thought this one was a no-brainer…but maybe some riders need an extra reminder?
Wherever you ride, it’s a good idea to brush up on the latest laws, however strange they might be.
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