Do You Know These Minor Laws You Are Probably Breaking?



By: Annette

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About This Quiz

Even if you're not an attorney, you know that the world is full of laws that we all need to follow to get along. But some of these laws are downright archaic. If you think you can identify each of these, rather obscure, laws, let's get started.

Laws are made to be broken. Well, not really. And, although many of us break laws every day (hey, it's hard to be good all of the time), some rules that are on the books are there only because no one has bothered to remove them yet. 

Let's take jaywalking, for instance. Most of us know it's a no-no, but the thought of walking all the way to the corner, waiting for the light to turn red, and then crossing like a good little citizen is more like a waste of time than our civic duty. Yet, you can get a ticket for jaywalking. 

In reality, most of the time, an officer who spots you jaywalking will do little more than give you a sideways glance (if that... most of them have bigger fish to fry, after all), but you might have a jaywalking ticket presented to you if you cause an accident by doing it.

Take this How Stuff Works quiz to find out how many laws you're breaking every day.

In which state can you be cited for driving too slowly?

In all three of these states, you can actually be cited for driving too slowly. The list includes Alaska and Hawaii, among others.


In Alabama, it's illegal to spend more than ____ voting.

If you take more than 5 minutes in the voting booth in Alabama, you're breaking the law. Hurry up and make a decision!


Did you know it's illegal to connect to _____ Wi-Fi?

It's technically illegal to connect to unsecured Wi-Fi. This is according to the vague phrasing in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).


It's technically illegal to sing _____ in public.

Technically, it's illegal to sing these songs in public due to copyright infringement. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) once sued the Girl Scouts for a situation involving the Macarena.


Technically, _____ a movie is illegal.

Technically, using the internet to download a movie that is copyright protected is a violation of federal copyright law. Movie theft costs the business billions every year.


True or false: It can be illegal to play poker in your living room.

It's painfully true that it can be illegal to play poker for money in your home. This is the case in Mississippi, which forbids all gambling.


The most common minor crime is ______ .

OK, we all have to admit that we speed from time to time. Unfortunately, this is the most common kind of minor crime that we all commit.


How many states can ticket you for not wearing a seatbelt?

33 states have a seatbelt enforcement law. That means that you can be ticketed for not wearing it. Buckle up, friends.


How many states completely ban all hand-held cellphones while driving?

Only 12 states completely ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. That being said, you know that we ALL use our phones while driving. DANGEROUS.


_____ drinking is quite common in the US.

Underage drinking is quite common in our country. In 2012, 12.9% of young people between 12 and 17 reported drinking alcohol.


True or false: The states can set their own minimum drinking ages.

It's true that the states can set their own minimum drinking ages. However, Congress gives them tax incentives to keep young people from drinking.


True or false: Parents can give their kids booze.

It's true that in many states parents can give alcohol to their children who are younger than 21. But parents can still face charges such as negligence and child abuse.


Which is worse?

In very few states will you be arrested for just being high. But you do have a problem on your hands if they find the weed on you. Check your state laws and know your rights.


How many states have legalized marijuana?

To date, 29 states have legalized marijuana for at least medicinal use. This list does not include D.C., which has also legalized it.


It's illegal to _____ outside.

Now we're getting to the nitty gritty. It's illegal to go to the bathroom outside. Please, spare us all.


Which state allows you to show your genitalia?

Yep, only Oregon kind of allows it. It's only outlawed "with the intent of arousing sexual desire." No threat of that.


Can you be arrested for being spotted naked in your own home?

This is a true story. Some poor guy was arrested in Virginia for having a naked breakfast in his kitchen. Passersby could see him clearly.


It's illegal to not _____ your driver's license.

It's technically illegal to not update your driver's license when you move to a new state. You can be ticketed or penalized.


It's illegal to ____ your medication.

We all know that it's illegal to share our prescription medication, but we all do it. In fact, 60% of prescription drugs are shared with friends and family.


You're breaking the law if you don't have a dog _____ .

You're breaking the law if you don't have a license for your dog. Come on, people. It only takes a few minutes to do.


______ across streets is technically against the law.

It's perfectly legal to sashay across the street, as long as the light is green. Jaywalking is against the law and some states fine you for it.


The average American commits ____ crimes a week.

We all consider ourselves law-abiding citizens. That being said, on average, we each commit about 7 crimes a week.


It's pretty much always illegal to _______ .

All of these are minor crimes that so many of us commit. Texting or talking while driving is another common one.


There's a good chance you have been _____ while driving.

There's a good chance that you've been eating or drinking while driving. Or eating and drinking in places where there's a big sign that says "No Eating or Drinking."


A major reason for committing minor crime is ______ .

One of the main reasons why we commit minor crimes is because we see everyone else doing it. What could be the harm in it?


It's never legal to _____ in a public place.

And here's where things get interesting. It's never legal to have sex in public. Luckily you, Quiz Taker, have never done that. Right?


Most of us drive through ______ .

Yep, you need to admit that you drive through red lights. But that's only late at night when there's no one around.


It's illegal to drive with one _______ .

When that darn headlight goes out, and you don't fix it, you're breaking the law. Just get it fixed for crying out loud.


It's also illegal to discard _____ on the ground.

Discarding cigarette butts on the ground is littering. Just give up on smoking completely and do yourself a favor.


Many Americans are guilty of not cleaning up after ______ .

Many Americans are guilty of not cleaning up after their dogs. It's important to pick up the poop!


It's also illegal to smoke _____ .

It's also illegal to smoke in many public places. But let's be honest, many people do it anyway.


It's not uncommon for someone to carry an illegal ______ .

Many Americans have things illegally. These include firearms, illegal pets and substances.


It's possible to break the law by saying your child is ______ .

For various reasons, we lie about your children's age. This is common in a situation where you can get a discount if they're younger.


It's common for workers to bring ____ home from the office.

Although it's difficult to bring furniture home from the office, taking stationery is quite easy. In most cases, this is considered stealing.


It's against the law to not return ______ library books.

Simply not returning a library book is illegal. So is throwing trash in your neighbor's bin.


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