Many states have some very odd and outdated laws that have been on the books for a long time. While it’s easy to find laws that are still in effect that don’t make much sense, there’s a rule about gorillas in
In Massachusetts, it’s supposedly illegal to have a gorilla riding in the back seat of your car. A quick Google search reveals this is often listed as an example of a very funny or ridiculous law in articles all over the internet.
But further examination reveals that’s not exactly what the law says.
The actual law says that you cannot transport an animal in the back of a motor vehicle unless it is caged or the animal is protected from potentially being thrown, falling or jumping out of the window. It seems that people have read this law and replaced "animal" with "gorilla" to make it sound more over-the-top and funny.
So technically, a wild animal can be transported in the back of your car in
Drivers who are over the age of 18 can use cell phones only in hand-free mode. Voice-to text communication is allowed only when the phone is properly mounted. Drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from using cell phones while driving at all, including hands-free mode.
Massachusetts was the last state in the U.S. to allow a right on red. It is still prohibited in many intersections, so make sure to look for a sign before making a right on red.
There must be at least two seconds of space between your car and the car ahead of you.
Drivers must also stay at least three feet away from bicycle traffic.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle is an insurance writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing content in a variety of industries, including insurance and personal finance. Lisa specializes in taking deep dives into make and model-specific content that helps car owners and buyers make solid money-saving choices. Lisa has written over 350 articles for Jerry on topics including electric vehicles to classic cars. Before joining Jerry, Lisa worked in various aspects of the printing industry as a content writer, developer, and editor and earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lycoming College.