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Top 5 Weird Car Laws in Illinois

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No matter which state you live in, there are dozens of obsolete car laws that remain in place to this day. While it’s unlikely you’ll be arrested for any of the following offenses (except one; we’ll let you guess which), it’s still funny to read them and wonder why they were enacted in the first place. Here are the top 5 weird car laws that exist in the great state of Illinois…

Fuzzy Dice illegal in illinois

Sorry, folks, none of this in Illinois
Photo: Darron Birgenheler

5. Fuzzy Dice

Do you have a pair of fuzzy dice hanging from your rearview mirror? What about an air freshener? If you live in Illinois, or are driving though, you’re breaking the law. The state prohibits drivers from hanging any obstructions from their rearview mirror, no matter how nice they smell or how much of a badass they make you look.


chicago illinois cityscape

The Windy City is very particular about where you place your city sticker
Photo: Fernando Garcia

4. City Stickers

If you live in Chicago, you’d better make sure your city sticker is up-to-date and properly displayed. City law requires that you place it at the lower right-hand corner on the inside of the windshield, and you must also make sure you follow all instructions on the sticker, such as removing the one from the previous year. This one sounds oddly specific, but there have been multiple reports of motorists getting cited for failing to follow this law, so it’s an important one to know.


2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Edition

Better let the fuzz know you’re heading into town!

3. Police

Thinking of heading into the city in your car? Before you do so, you must first alert the police, per Illinois law. We assume this is definitely one that the police don’t keep up on, or they would need an entire force dedicated to handling this information from drivers.


2016 Kia Forte Koup Driving

There’ll be none of this in Crete, Illinois

2. Driving

Want to drive your car through the town of Crete, Illinois? Sorry, you’re out of luck; the city has a law forbidding such behavior. Looks like you’ll need to find a detour!


VW Bus curtains

Unless you’re driving one of these, this law probably won’t apply to you
Photo: Mark van Seeters

1. Changing Clothes

In the city of Evanston, Illinois, it is unlawful to change clothes in your vehicle with the curtains drawn. Unless, of course, there is a fire. Makes sense, right? Since curtains in cars aren’t a thing anymore, we can only imagine exactly when (and why) this law was originally penned.


Sources: Chicago Tribune,