🚘 Typical Valley Traffic

It was a day like any other as I waited for the arrow on Chinden and Glenwood around 4:45 p.m.

I bet I know what you're thinking: traffic is typically a nightmare at that intersection during rush hour; why go that way? You're right. But since surface streets are faster than 84 at that time of day, I usually suck it up on my ride home from Boise to Star a few days a week.

⬅ Follow Your Arrow

I'd been inching toward the arrow for almost 14 minutes by the time it was my chance to turn left on Chinden. And just as I began toying with the idea of grabbing a cuppa coffee from the Starbucks off the intersection, my train of thought was derailed by the driver in front of me.

The arrow was still red and traffic was still headed eastbound on Chinden when the car in front of me darted into the intersection, nearly t-boning the last car passing through the yellow. Shocked, I looked over at the driver to my right and we both had "what the hell just happened?!" expressions on our faces.

💭 Distracted Driving

To my relief, the car with the right of way managed to escape the collision. But as the driver at-fault banged a left out of the intersection, something else caught my eye. There was a headphone cord dangling from her left ear. That's when it clicked: this girl was so distracted by wearing headphones behind the wheel, she nearly killed herself and another driver!

Later that night, I was still upset by what had happened on my commute home. So I did what most of us would do, I Googled it.

That's when I learned it's perfectly legal to wear headphones behind the wheel in Idaho. Before looking it up, I would've sworn that was illegal. And it was falling down that rabbit hole that produced the gallery featured below this article, friends.

Scroll on for a gallery of 11 things you'd think were illegal in Idaho but aren't!

We Can't Believe These 11 Things Are Legal in Idaho

Isn't it crazy that in 2024, it's legal for Idaho locals to do these things?! Especially when they're doing them behind the wheel 😳

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Boise's 7 Most Blown-Off & Forgotten Traffic Laws

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Horses Need Turn Signals: 7 of Idaho's Strangest Traffic Laws

If you're new to Idaho, welcome!

Before you buckle up and hit the road, make sure you're aware of the Gem State's strangest road rules! From school bus concerns to how to handle horses in traffic, scroll for a list of helpful things to know behind the wheel in Idaho.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Idaho Has Crazy Neighbors: Weird Laws in California & Utah [gallery]

Scroll on for a gallery of laws in California & Utah that range from the entertaining to the ERMERGERD.

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16 of Montana's Wild & Crazy Laws

✔️ FYI: 'Big Sky Country' is big on crazy!
Surprised? So were we. After all, who expects a state with famously conservative politics and traditional values to have such colorful, crazy-@$$ laws?

PS, it bears repeating that Idaho loves Montana! The Gem State's neighbors to the southwest mirror our own penchant for bizarre laws and quirky customs!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

OMG! Oregon Laws Are Awkward & Weird 😆

🦫 Hey, Beaver State fans! Scroll on for a gallery of LOL and oh-so-strange Oregon laws! 

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2023 Idaho Laws You Need To Know

Okay, well... some of these laws may not affect you but there are a few laws that we'll all notice right away. Let's take a look...

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

TRUE OR FALSE: Can You Guess Which Idaho Laws Are Real?

Let's see how well you do at guessing which of these silly laws are true and which are false.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

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