Are you new to the State of Texas? Maybe you recently relocated for work opportunities or family reasons? Perhaps you will be attending college or graduate school? You might even be a longtime resident of the Lone Star State who is unaware of these obscure Texas laws. Whatever the circumstances, here are 5 Texas laws you have never heard of but should know about.
1. It is illegal for Texans to have an open container in their cars
You heard that correctly. Whether it’s in a can, bottle, or cup, it’s illegal to have alcohol in any type of ‘open container’ in your car. In order to legally transport alcohol in your vehicle, you have to ensure that the container is unopened and sealed. Otherwise, open containers could get you into trouble while traveling on Texas roads.
2. You cannot covet your neighbor’s cow
Forget the 10th Commandment about coveting thy neighbor’s wife! In Texas, it is illegal to milk someone’s else cow without their permission. It is an act of theft and could land you in serious trouble. As such, we recommend sticking to the dairy section in the grocery store.
3. Beware when and where you cut the cheese
Those who suffer from flatulence or gastrointestinal distress should avoid specific areas of the Lone Star State. Namely, the city of Port Arthur, where it remains illegal to fart in an elevator. Thus, it is recommended that you save your toxic emissions for a private venue or outdoor space. It goes without saying that common courtesy and your fellow Texans will thank you.
4. Keep your wipers in full view at all times
Here is an obscure law to conjure: While it is against Texas law to drive without windshield wipers, you can drive your car without a windshield. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. Actually, a horse could be a more viable mode of transportation if your vehicle is missing its windshield. Unless you live in Texarkana, that is.
5. No horsing around at night
Travel via horseback is quite commonplace in the Lone Star State. In Texarkana, however, it is illegal to ride an equine at night (so maybe, do invest in that car rental), unless the animal is equipped with reflectors or tail lights. Happy trails to you on that feat!
Whether you are a lifelong Texan, a recent transplant, or considering a move to the Lone Star State, these are five obscure Texas laws that you should be aware of and keep in mind when making travel plans when you next visit Dallas or Houston. And if you do run into some trouble during in Texas (whether you live there or not), be sure to consult real legal experts for what to do next.
Author Harper Harmon is a freelance writer and blogger who focuses on business, health and other various topics. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from UCLA and currently resides in Santa Cruz with her dog, Sassy.