More and more people across the country are riding motorcycles these days. There is just something about getting out on the open road with the wind rushing through your body. The adrenaline is addictive. It is also just a convenient way to get around, particularly when traffic is tight and parking space scarce. At the same time, there have had to be a number of laws enacted through the years in an effort to keep all of those riders safe. Many of those laws make perfect sense, while others might leave you scratching your head. Take a look at the following 10 crazy motorcycle laws that are on the books in 2019.
1. Deer and Elk Are Fair Game in Oregon
It is home to the historical Oregon Trail after all, so it should make sense that it is now ok to accidentally run into deer or elk while you are driving on the roads. If you do that, the animal is fair game and you can begin to figure out how to get the meat home. Just keep in mind that you do need to have a permit for this, and you first have to get the animal fully off the road. Also, you can only use the remains for human consumption.
2. Watch the Shoulder in Hawaii
Hawaii is a beautiful state to get out on a motorcycle an explore. To get around all of those other cars that seem to take up all the space, motorcycles can now use the shoulders. This is probably welcome relief, even though the details are still being ironed out.
3. Make Yourself Known in Virginia
In Virginia, the police want to know who the motorcycle riders are at all times. You will find that it is now illegal to conceal your identity when driving in many locations across the state. This means that you will have to leave that costume mask at home or stored securely under the seat.
4. Red Lights Are Meant To Be Run
What is a red light, really? While we all know that red means stop, someone has forgotten to tell that to 12 different states and likely counting. In Illinois, for example, motorcyclists are permitted to treat a red light as a stop sign in any city of fewer than two million people. You just have to yield to traffic before you go. Other states have similar laws on the books now.
5. Wear the Right Pants in Minnesota
If you are learning to ride a bike in Minnesota, you will want to be careful about what you wear. There is a new pants requirement that has gone into effect. In addition, you will need to wear other forms of protective clothing as well. Gone are the days of casual riding when you are a student in this state.
6. Keep the Wheels on the Ground in Maine
Maine wants you to keep all wheels on the ground at all times. If you like to do wheelies, you might want to think again when riding here. You are not allowed to intentionally raise the front wheel of your bike off of any surface. If you do, you can expect a not so welcome talking to by the police.
7. No Comic Books While Riding in Oklahoma
Here is one of those laws that will really leave you wondering how the idea even came about. In Oklahoma, it is against the law now to read comic books when you are riding a motorcycle. It makes you wonder how one could even pull that off, but supposedly that means full-length novels are perfectly acceptable.
8. Wrong Way Driving in Alabama
When you need to get where you are going with minimal hassle, Alabama appears to be the place to do it. It is now apparently perfectly fine for motorcycles to go down the wrong way of a one-way street. You just need to have a lantern attached to the front of your bike. So, off you go.
9. Let the Horses Pass in Pennsylvania
Horses still rule the day in parts of Pennsylvania. If you are riding your bike and see you a pack of them up ahead, get ready to pull off to the side of the road. It doesn’t stop there, as you need to cover your bike and let them all pass before going on your way again.
10. Whale Hunting in Tennessee
While you cannot hunt big game from your bike in Tennessee, it is now fine to shoot a whale. We are not quite sure how that works, seeing as how there are no oceans anywhere in the state. But, we don’t make the laws. We just write about them.
What other crazy laws are on the books for 2019? It is interesting to hear about these measures that are designed to keep the roads safe. It makes you wonder what ideas those state legislators of ours will cook up next.