Don’t worry, you won’t have to take an IQ test to rent a car in America. The cotton swab is bad enough. It is true that in America there is a law for ‘stupid drivers’. In the law of Arizona, literally, the Stupid Motorist Law included. As soon as you hear what this law stands for, you immediately understand why it is called that.
What does the law say for ‘stupid drivers’?
In the southwestern United States, the drainage of the streets is not quite right, while at times a serious amount of rain can fall. Floods therefore occur regularly in the state of Arizona. The flooded roads are then closed off so drivers don’t drown their cars. Still, there are often motorists who ignore the barriers and drive on. For those people, the Stupid Motorist Law brought into being. And yes, that really is the name of the law.
The Stupid Drivers Act was passed in 1995. This law states that if someone deliberately ignores roadblocks and gets stuck, this person must pay for the costs incurred by emergency services. On top of the cost of the fire service or ambulance, the driver can be fined up to $2,000. Although only a handful of people were actually fined thanks to this law, the law is considered effective. You could call it a preventive measure.
Good idea for the Netherlands
Frankly, we like a law for stupid drivers. Maybe we could equip cops with stickers to put on car trunks saying ‘I’m a donkey’, like kids used to get donkey ears at school as punishment. This sticker is then intended for people who try to enter at 50 km/h or hang their navigation system in the middle of the windscreen. Or for people who park tightly next to another car in an empty parking lot.