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The Travel Detective: Knowing State Laws

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There’s nothing more American than road tripping around the country.  But what you need to remember is that not all state laws are the same.

I’m not talking about those wacky laws, like in Missouri, it’s illegal to drive with an uncaged bear!

I mean basic situations that could get you in serious trouble, if you’re not careful.

We all know that you shouldn’t text and drive. But did you know texting and driving in Alaska you could face a $10,000 fine and time in prison? In Utah, you may be fined $750 or put in jail for 90 days.   

The knife that you can carry in Florida is not necessarily legal in New York. I personally know someone who was stopped by the NYPD. He didn’t know the knife he was carrying was illegal, but they held him for six terrifying hours.

Traveling across the country can be an adventure of a lifetime. Just make sure a dumb mistake doesn’t end up ruining YOUR life.

Know the traffic laws before you go by checking Statedrivinglaw.com

Now that Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana, some people might be tempted to bring some home.  Don’t. If you bring an illegal substance like marijuana to Arizona, it’s an automatic felony.  

And be aware that officials in states near Washington and Colorado are on high alert for drugs crossing the border.

The knife that you can carry in Florida is not necessarily legal in New York. I personally know someone who was stopped by the NYPD. He didn’t know the knife he was carrying was illegal, but they held him for six terrifying hours.

Traveling across the country can be an adventure of a lifetime. Just make sure a dumb mistake doesn’t end up ruining YOUR life.

By Lisa Morris for PeterGreenberg.com

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