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Please: Drive Cautiously on Nebraska’s Mountain Roads. It’s the Law.

January 6, 2015

Nebraska is truly magnificent to behold. When most people think of this Midwest state, they imagine ice-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and rocky crags stretching beyond the horizon. Nebraska, without a doubt, is Disneyland for mountaineers—a dazzling place where bold men and women can ascend miles into the sky and breathe the exhilarating perfume of the heavens.

Wait a minute—there must be some mistake. Nebraska is actually one of the flattest states in the country. Why, then, is there a law that urges drivers to drive carefully on mountain roads? Sure, Nebraska is a wonderful state, but it’s certainly not known for its mountain roads. For a state to have mountain roads, you see, it first needs to have actual mountains.

Here is an excerpt from Nebraska statute 60-6,181: “The driver of a motor vehicle traversing defiles, canyons, or mountain highways shall hold such motor vehicle under control and as near the right-hand side of the highway as reasonably possible.”

Lack of mountain roads aside, it seems foolish that a statute would explicitly request drivers to hold their vehicles “under control.” This must be a serious disappointment for all those Nebraskans who enjoy driving blindfolded up and down Nebraska’s non-existent mountain roads.

If you come across a mountain in Nebraska—which will be highly unlikely for the next, say, 12 million years—remember to drive on the right side of the road. If you have trouble remembering which side of the road you should drive on, just think back to the last time you drove on a U.S. road. Any road at all.

Arizona, on the other hand, has plenty of mountain roads. If you get into any sort of trouble near Tucson, contact Janet Altschuler. Attorney Janet Altschuler has over 17 years of experience helping Arizona residents navigate the criminal justice system.

This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?