Years back, during my first visit to Colorado, a friend greeted me at the airport and handed me a beer, opening another for himself as he slipped behind the wheel. There was a time when it was legal to drink while driving in a number of states. Most have since banned the practice as part of the broader crackdown on drunk driving — but not all.
Six states, including West Virginia and Missouri, still allow drinking while driving. And Louisiana has what’s known as the “daiquiri exemption.” You can have one in your hand as long as the lid remains in place and there’s no straw visible.
There are plenty of strange – and often ignored – laws on the books across the country, and some even stranger ones abroad. While some probably made sense when they were passed — at least to some legislative sponsor — it’s hard to imagine who might have decided it was necessary to ban driving blindfolded, or thought it a good idea to punish drivers who stop at pedestrian crossings.