Our next stop in this remarkable series of posts on Dumb Laws is Arkansas! Similar to Arizona, Arkansas also includes a number of laws in its law books that will leave you wondering how these things even became laws in the first place. Letâ€™s take a look at some of the seemingly dumb laws in Arkansas that could have you arrested in case you end up violating them.
1 – No Honking of Horns Outside Sandwich Shops
People must have got into a really bad habit of honking horns outside sandwich shops probably because of really really poor service. So, you better be polite enough to just park your car and walk inside the sandwich shop to get your order. No need to wake the whole neighborhood up just for your food!
2 – No Shenanigans at Drive-In Restaurants
If ever you were planning to race the motor of your vehicle, to make unseemly noise or talk loudly or misbehave in any other way, you ought to get your behavior in order. There is no need to go all fancy in the drive-through restaurants or cafes. Because if the cops catch you, you will be busted for sure!
3 – Control Your Dog or Else Get Fined!
You better control that pet of yours, because if your dog howls or barks after 6:00 pm you will be fined and your dog impounded. The reason: it disturbs the peace and calm of the neighborhood. Like you can stop a dog from barking!
4 – Itâ€™s iIlegit to Mispronounce â€œArkansasâ€
The spelling and pronunciation of “Arkansas” (it is always ar-kan-saw) reflect the state’s heritage. The name is a French pronunciation of a Siouxan word meaning “land of downriver people” and was prescribed by law in 1881. It is technically still illegal to mispronounce the name, although no consequences are enforced.
5 – You Canâ€™t Beat Your Better-Half for More than a Month
According to the old Arkie law books, a constant assault on a loved one over the course of 4 weeks can be considered excessive and merits at least some regulatingâ€¦Women’s rights thrown way down the gutter!
6 – No Flirtation on Streets!
Flirtation Between men and women on the streets of Little Rock could result in an up to 30-day jail sentence. If this law were still upheld, there’d be paddywagons full of arrested Lotharios and sweethearts traveling through the River Market every Friday & Saturday night. Better not wear your heart on your sleeves!
7 – You Kill a Mosquito, Youâ€™re in Trouble
It is illegal to kill “any living creature” in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Watch your step, Fayetteville! You dare touch a mosquito and you will be apprehended!