Published: March 16, 2017
Man driving car

Every day, people break traffic laws without even realizing it. Here are some of these lesser-known offenses to keep you on the right side of the law.

It is illegal to drive a vehicle while wearing earphones. Boulder municipal code 7-2-34 does not specify whether the earphones include just over the ear or in the ear. So, this means that you cannot wear any type of earphone or earbuds while driving a vehicle.

It is illegal to jump from or into a moving vehicle. Municipal code 7-2-22 sates it is illegal to “board or alight [descend] from any motor vehicle while such vehicle is in motion on a street."

It is illegal to enter a roadway using roller skates, toy vehicles and more except while on a crosswalk. Municipal code 7-2-15 says, “No person upon any roller skate, in-line skate, skateboard, roller ski, ski, coaster, sled, toboggan, toy vehicle, child's tricycle or any similar device shall go upon a roadway except while crossing the roadway on a crosswalk . . ." and goes on to say that anyone who is on one of the listed devices “shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian upon a sidewalk, in a crosswalk or on a path.”

It is illegal to cling to a vehicle while it is in motion. Obviously, this does not apply if you are inside the vehicle. Code 7-2-17 means you cannot ride on a skateboard or other device while hanging on to the outside of a moving vehicle.

It is illegal to ride a motorcycle or moped with more passengers than the vehicle is designed to carry. Section 7-2-16 sets up the rules for properly riding a motorcycle or moped: Riders are only allowed to have as many passengers as the vehicle is designed to carry. You must have a second factory-installed seat and foot pegs to accommodate an additional rider. It is also illegal to drive a motorcycle or moped while carrying anything that prohibits you from using two hands on the handlebars. If you have to hold it, you can’t drive it. 

Visit the city of Boulder website to find a searchable database of Boulder municipal codes.