Silliest Driving Laws in the Garden State

By Product Expert | Posted in Stories of Interest on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Top Three Weirdest Driving Laws in New Jersey

Top Three Weirdest Driving Laws in New Jersey 

Most laws are meant to keep the public safe, especially when it comes to driving. There are also some laws that are meant for the protection of the public, but just don’t make a lot of sense. We’ve found the top three weirdest driving laws in New Jersey for you to appreciate.  


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1 Drivers must warn those they pass on highways before they do so. 

Passed in 1951, this law was created to avoid collisions on the highway. Although that is a good idea to pass laws to avoid accidents, it may increase road rage if every time someone wanted to pass another motorist he would have to honk his horn. That leads to a lot of angry drivers and a noisy highway. 

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2 You cannot sell a car on a Sunday. 

There is really no explanation for this one. Passed in 1990, this law stops businesses and individuals from selling a vehicle on any Sunday. This crime is considered a disorderly persons offense. Selling a vehicle doesn’t seem so disorderly, but the law is the law.  

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3 Cars cannot pass horse drawn carriages on the street. 

Most likely a holdover from when cars and horses shared the rode, this law is essentially obsolete. If there are any horse drawn carriages around, they are usually in a park or out in the country. The law is neither enforced as heavily as it may have been nor is it well known because it is so rare to see a horse drawn carriage on the road in the first place. 


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Those are the top three weirdest driving laws in New Jersey. If you are looking for a new vehicle, you can check out our online inventory for available Mazda models and schedule a test drive with Mazda of Lodi today!

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