At some point, each of us has likely uttered the question, “That’s a law?!” While hard to believe, there are some strange – even dumb – laws on the books throughout the United States. For instance, “dwarf tossing” is illegal in Florida. In Nevada, it is illegal to use an x-ray to measure a person’s foot (but prostitution is perfectly OK, as long as you don’t x-ray her foot!) We at NavBat decided to do a little digging into some of our own strange and widely unknown laws right here in San Diego County. Here are some notably odd laws.
1. No Drinking and Driving and No Drinking and Being a Passenger
No person who is under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs may be in a vehicle on the street or other public place – apparently including passengers. (San Diego Mun. Code §85.10.)
2. Open Container Ban Only Applicable in Spring & Summer
It is illegal to consume an alcoholic beverage or possess any open bottle or can containing alcohol on Del Mar streets, sidewalks, parking areas, public parks, playgrounds or beaches from 12:01 a.m. on March 1st through the day after Labor Day at midnight – apparently the fall and winter months are fair game. (Del Mar Mun. Code §9.04.070.)
3. No Cup Sharing
It is unlawful to provide for common use or to use any common cup, glass or drinking receptacle in San Diego. (San Diego Mun. Code §44.0101.)
4. Billiard Halls Need Bathrooms Too
Pool halls and billiard halls must have running water and adequate toilets for patrons and employees to use – also, no sleeping allowed. (San Diego Mun. Code §6-2000.)
5. No Tossing the Football While Tailgating at Qualcomm
It is unlawful for any person to do the following within the Qualcomm Stadium parking facility:
Intentionally throw, discharge, launch, or spill any solid object (including footballs, baseballs, frisbees and other such devices) or liquid substance, or otherwise cause such object or substance to be thrown, discharged, launched, spilled, or to become airborne.(San Diego Mun. Code §59.0502.)
6. How High are Your Heels?
The wearing of shoes with heels which measure more than two inches in height and less than one square inch of bearing surface upon the public streets and sidewalks of the City is prohibited, without the wearer’s first obtaining a permit for the wearing of such shoes. (Carmel-by-the-Sea Mun. Code § 639.2.)
7. No Novelty Lighters in El Cajon
The retail sale, offer of retail sale, gift or distribution of any novelty lighter within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of El Cajon is prohibited. “Novelty lighter” means a lighter that is especially attractive to children ten years or younger due to a toy-like design or other features, such as buttons or devices that initiate visual effects, flashing lights, or musical sounds that might encourage a child to use the lighter. This includes, but is not limited to, lighters of the shape that resembles cartoon characters, toys, guns, watches, telephones, musical instruments, sporting equipment, vehicles, human body or parts of the human body, animals, food or beverages, moving objects, or other entertaining features. (El Cajon Mun. Code §4885.)