These strange laws are still on New Jersey’s books

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by .

Categories: Legal Topics.

strange-laws-on-nj-booksIf you find it necessary to drive over a sidewalk, make sure you limit your speed to less than 4 mph.   This includes if you are riding over the sidewalk on your horse.  This is just one of the strange laws that are a part of New Jersey’s statutes.  Since the law exists, charges may be filed citing it.  Fortunately, the offense does not trigger points on its own.

Many motor vehicle laws are not necessarily highlighted in drivers’ education classes.  Most know there is an expectation that passing vehicles on a highway should be done on the left side.  However, the law also provides a provision for passing on the right when someone is stopped to make a left turn.  Did you know the New Jersey law requires the driver to make an audible sound when passing on the right?

While we are on the subject of audible noises, were you aware that drivers are expected to honk in regular traffic when passing another car, bicyclist, skater, or someone on a skateboard?  Obviously, this law was created before congestion overtook New Jersey roadways.  Imagine the noise pollution if everyone followed this law in today’s traffic.

Someone charged with a DUI/DWI offense may be aware of some of the prospective penalties involved in a guilty finding.  If money and loss of license are not deterrents, perhaps one’s vanity will come into play.  Did you know that a conviction for this offense prohibits application for personalized license plates?  Surprisingly, this is another strange law that exists on New Jersey’s books.

There are a plethora of other laws in New Jersey that might cause New Jersey residents to shake their heads.  Some may seem ridiculous, funny or remarkably outdated.  For example, when was the last time you worried about passing a horse drawn carriage?  To do so, would be illegal.  Nevertheless, all laws are subject to interpretation.  Often, this calls for competent legal advice.

The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has many years in handling traffic violations and other types of offenses.  If you have received a ticket and need legal advice, contact our office to schedule a complimentary appointment.

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