Surprising Laws from the Past: Sounding Horns at Sandwich Shops

Continuing our blog series on antiquated Arkansas laws, we’ve once again culled from our state’s rich history those Arkansas laws, codes, and ordinances that have fallen by the wayside and that, while still technically on the books, seem outdated and often hilarious by today’s standards.

Sounding of Horn at Sandwich Shops:

Section 1. “That from and after the passage and approval of this Ordinance, any person operating a vehicle and sounding the horn or bell on same, at any place where cold drinks and/or sandwiches are served, after Eleven (11) P.M. at any place . . . in the City of Little Rock shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than Two Dollars ($2.00) nor more than Five Dollars ($5.00).”

Section 3. “Whereas, sounding of horns and bells at cold drink and sandwich establishments has reached such proportions that it has become a nuisance to those living in the neighborhood, and disturbs their rest, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance is found to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the pubic peace, health and safety, and the same shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.”

[Little Rock Ordinance 5638]

(It is worth noting that at the time of the passing of this ordinance in 1932, curb service at drive-in restaurants was just beginning to sweep the nation.)

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