Alabama’s Dumbest Laws: 11+ Quirkiest Rules on the Books

Every state has weird laws within its history.

Some of these laws make you question how they even came to be or could even be enforced.

Hence Alabama is no exception to having some of these dumb laws, so here are eleven crazy Alabama laws. 

dumb alabama laws - weird and strange laws still on the books

11 Weird Laws In Alabama

You cannot put salt on a railroad track; it can be punishable by death. 

Dumb Alabama Laws

Alabama used to be an open-range state, meaning that livestock roamed free.

Salt was used to lure sick or injured cattle on the railroad tracks.

The railroad companies would then have to pay market value for the deceased animal.

It’s illegal to impersonate a priest. 

Impersonation of a priest or any clergy member is considered a misdemeanor. 

You cannot wear a fake mustache in a church because it might cause laughter.

This law was most likely passed to maintain decency and respect within churches. 

In Mobile, it’s illegal to use confetti.  

confetti

While Mobile is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is illegal to use non-biodegradable, plastic-based confetti. 

But we’ll admit, we think this law goes out the window during Mardi Gras.

You are not allowed to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket while walking down the street. 

Putting an ice cream cone in your pocket was once a common way to steal horses away from carriages and have them follow you home. 

If you have a lantern attached to the front of your vehicle, you can drive the wrong way down a one-way street. 

riding-a-wagon-the-wrong-way-using-lanterns- one of the dumb alabama laws
(what we imagine this must have looked like)

Bear wrestling matches are illegal and are a Class B felony. 

It is unlawful to bear exploitation if you engage in, receive admission money, or sell or purchase a bear for bear wrestling purposes. 

Dominoes must not be played on Sundays.

Many things are prohibited on Sundays in Alabama; one of the weirdest: is the game of Dominoes. 

It’s illegal to drive while blindfolded. 

This one only makes sense. 

In Mobile, bathing in city fountains is not allowed.

In 1959, the Mobile government banned high-heeled shoes in the city unless the wearer got the permit by signing a liability waiver

Ordinance banning high heels

Crazy laws of Lee County Alabama

man selling peanuts

In Lee County, it’s illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesdays.

In Mobile, spraying silly strings is not allowed

Why though? What’s wrong with having a little fun?

The Bottom Line – Stupid Alabama Laws

While some of the laws on Alabama’s books may seem strange or even ridiculous, it’s important to remember that they were likely created with good intentions at the time.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to take a look back and see how laws have evolved over time and how some of these antiquated rules are no longer relevant in modern society.

As always, it’s important to follow the laws and regulations in place, even if they seem strange or outdated.

Related Reading: Some Fun Facts About Alabama – Read Them Here.

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