The US states where it is and is not legal to drive with a dog on your lap, past a funeral procession or while drinking

Mississippi is the one state where it is legal to drink and drive – as long as the driver stays under the limit

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Sunday 29 November 2015 10:46
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The US states where it is and is not legal to drive past a funeral procession
The US states where it is and is not legal to drive past a funeral procession

Drivers in America can travel from state to state freely, but what they can and can’t do while driving depends on what state they are in.

Just Park, the pre-bookable parking company, sought out the answers to some of the most frequently Googled questions from Americans about driving, and created an interactive map to display the findings.


Click image to open interactive version (via
JustPark.com).

Just Park turned up some interesting facts on where it is and is not legal to drive with a dog sat on your lap, were you can and cannot overtake a funeral procession, and the one state where it is apparently legal to drink and drive.

According to the findings, it is illegal to drive with a dog on your lap in Hawaii and New Jersey, though it is generally inadvisable across the United States and could lead to a distracted driving charge.

Unsurprisingly it is illegal to drive anyone for the purposes of prostitution in every state, though prostitution is legal in certain counties in Nevada.

Some of the quirkier findings include that 27 states allow the use of golf carts on certain public roads, while in 10 states the fast lane is only to be used for passing another driver or turning left. In 23 states it is illegal for drivers to pass a funeral procession.

New Hampshire is the only state where it is legal to drive while not wearing a seatbelt, while Mississippi is the only state where drinking alcohol while driving is apparently legal – as long as the driver remains under the limit.

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