Some Strange Laws We Have in Arkansas


Some Strange Laws We Have in Arkansas

If you drink alcohol, and are about to travel in Arkansas, you might want to buy your booze before your trip. You can’t buy liquor on Sundays or religious holidays (a blatant First Amendment violation) in this state. In some counties, first-time visitors learn the term “dry county” when they are told by a clerk that they can’t buy alcohol there on any day of the week. Yes, we still have prohibition here, in many parts of Arkansas!

If you see the sign above, and have you have the urge to utter “Arkansasssss,” pronouncing the “s,” you’d better do it quickly, if you want to mispronounce the name of our state legally. Once here, it’s actually against the law.

Husbands can even legally beat their wives here . . . but only once a month.

Blindfolding cattle on a public highway is illegal here, even though that’s just good sense, and probably would never be done if our state government hadn’t suggested it with this law. Here’s my favorite dumb Arkansas law, though:


This is the Main Street Bridge across the Arkansas River. It separates Little Rock and North Little Rock. Perhaps as a flood-control measure, our state legislature (#50 among American state legislatures in college achievement) passed a law forbidding the Arkansas River from rising above the level of this bridge.

I’m sure there are more.