When you hear of an arrest in New Jersey, it is often due to assaults, theft, drug-related offenses, or other well-known crimes. However, most people may not realize that New Jersey has several criminal laws that may be a hundred years old or more but have never been officially taken off the books. The following are ten examples of bizarre and outdated laws that still technically active in NJ:
- Sheep, horses, and cows are not allowed to get through a fence by climbing over, climbing under, or breaking through the fence.
- It is against the law for pilots to engage in acrobatic flying or tricks while flying over a group of people or inhabited area if the low level “flat-hatting” endangers people.
- In addition to the above law, pilots are also strictly prohibited from littering or dropping objects from a plane. This excludes water and loose sand, however.
- Yet another prohibition for pilots is to never use their planes to purposely kill birds. In fact, doing so could mean up to three months in jail plus fines!
- Grain millers do not have the right to charge too much for the bushels of grain they may sell–specifically, taxing more than 1/10 of a bushel per bushel they ground.
- New Jersey law first requires that every county courthouse has pillars built in a way that allows surveyors to accurately test out their compasses. Everyone else is specifically prohibited from removing, altering, or damaging any of these pillars in any way.
- Steamboat pilots are not allowed to try to pass and overtake another steamboat that is traveling in the same direction if it causes the other pilot to change his course.
- It is still illegal to unhitch a “whiffletree or swingle bar” in New Jersey if it may cause a traffic accident. This may be confusing unless you are aware that these are parts of horse-drawn carriages.
- No matter what, you cannot hitch up your horse to a fire hydrant or light pole in NJ!
- Finally, you may not kiss a Bible when a taking an oath.
While these laws are, of course, not actively enforced, it is important to know how long a certain law can stay in effect in New Jersey.
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