If it’s happening on the road, then Esurance is probably going to know about it — even if it’s weird. And, as it turns out, weird stuff happens all the time. In fact, some of the weirdest stuff is written into our municipal codes.

Every day, we navigate a complex network of streets, highways, and intersections, and we need traffic laws to keep us safe. Most laws are self-explanatory. But sometimes, you come across one that’ll make you do a double-take.

Check out 6 of the weirdest laws around.

1. No “playing ball” in the streets of Nacogdoches, Texas

“Playing sports in the middle of traffic is a great idea!” said … no one ever. Despite the inherent brilliance of humankind, this law exists. And yes, “playing ball” is actually what it says. Apparently, this code was drafted by Old Man Higgins. Next on his docket: the “Get off my lawn!” initiative.

2. A crude bumper sticker will cost you in Georgia

The state of Georgia will have none of your sass. They won’t wash your mouth out with soap, but the cops could write you a $100 ticket if your vehicular decorations aren’t up to snuff. Though some people would roll their eyes at such an infraction, it’s serious business in Georgia: no potty-mouths allowed. The code is pretty literal, articulating exactly what’s considered unacceptable. (You can use your imagination on that one.)

3. Don’t craft your own car cover in Glendale, Arizona

DIY enthusiasts, put down the glitter glue and pipe cleaners because, tragically, you cannot craft a fabulous car cover in the city of Glendale. Anything made out of cardboard, paper, or linen simply won’t cut it. The code states that whatever you use, it has to be manufactured specifically for car-covering purposes. (Yawn.) Sorry to disappoint anyone who just finished the perfect car cover using the time-honored craft of origami. (There has to be someone, right?)

4. No golf carts on the highways of Rockville, Maryland

Hey, how about taking the golf cart for a spin on the highway? Or how about … not. Like, ever. Sure, it might be common sense, but the city of Rockville decided to spell it out for residents, just in case. Tractors are also a no-no as well as skateboards, rollerblades, and shopping carts. Sounds like you’re better off saving your totally rad scooter skills for the playground.

5. You’ll need a llama professional in Georgia

Looks like llama-riding won’t be the eco-friendly transportation of the future in Georgia. A “llama professional” must be employed for all “llama activities.” These include riding, driving (can you really drive a llama?), and participating in llama-related entertainment. Thankfully, being entertained by said llama-related activity does not require authorized supervision. Phew.

6. No “fancy riding” in Galesburg, Illinois

If you’ve always wanted to shout “Look, Ma, no hands!” then make sure you’re anywhere but Galesburg. There, the streets are for regular bicycle riding, not fancy riding (and yes, “fancy” is the term used in the municipal code). This includes taking your hands off the handlebars, your feet off both petals, and generally doing anything your mom wouldn’t approve of.

These codes might seem weird, zany, and comically absurd. But, rest assured, if someone, somewhere, is found bombing down the interstate in a golf cart full of llamas while playing a rousing game of badminton, it’ll be one heck of a moving violation.

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about Chris

Chris has written everything from fiction manuscripts to pretend newsletters about pirates. He's even edited numerous volumes of work written entirely by kids. As a freelance writer at Esurance, he strives to bring out the whimsy and heart of insurance. Outside of Esurance, Chris is an audiophile, visual artist, and explorer of late-night taquerias.