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    Is Hitchhiking Legal?
    November 7 2022

    An iconic symbol of past generations is the roadside traveler waiting with their thumb up for a ride. The popularity of hitchhiking in America has fluctuated over the years. Currently, hitchhiking isn’t the preferred form of travel. However, it is still relied on by some. Does that mean hitchhiking is legal? It depends. Here, we look at hitchhiking laws across the U.S.

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    Is Hitchhiking Legal?

    Whether or not hitchhiking is legal depends on where you are sticking up your thumb. For example, if you are in a national park hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is most likely going to be prohibited. Outside of national parks, the legality of hitchhiking depends on state law. Here, we look at hitchhiking laws across the United States. Keep in mind that local laws may be more restrictive.

    Alabama

    Alabama Code Section 32-5A-216(a) states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Alaska

    Alaska’s 13 AAC 02.180 provides:

    • No person may solicit a ride in a manner which distracts a driver’s attention, nor may a pedestrian upon a highway solicit employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of a vehicle.

    Arizona

    Arizona’s A.R.S 28-796(C) states:

    • A person shall not stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of a vehicle.

    Arkansas

    Arkansas Code Section 27-51-1205 provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.

    California

    California Vehicle Code Section 21957 states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

    Colorado

    Colorado Revised Statutes Section 42-4-805(2) states in part:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.

    Connecticut

    Connecticut General Statute Section 53-181 provides:

    • Any person who, while on or within the limits of the traveled portion of any public highway, solicits a ride in a motor vehicle, other than a public service motor bus or taxicab, except in case of accident or emergency, shall be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined thirty-five dollars, except that any person may, while on or within the shoulder portion of any public highway, except a limited access highway, solicit such a ride.

    Delaware

    Delaware Code Section 4147(c) states:

    • No person shall stand in a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Florida

    Florida Statute 316.130(5) provides:

    • No person shall stand in the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, or business from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Georgia

    Georgia Code Section 40-6-97(a) states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Hawaii

    Hawaii’s HRS §291C-77(a) provides:

    • Except as otherwise provided by county ordinance, no person shall stand in, walk along, or otherwise occupy a portion of a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Idaho

    Idaho Statute Section 49-709(1) states:

    • No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Illinois

    In Illinois, 625 ILCS 5/11-1006(a) provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

    Indiana

    Indiana Code Section 9-21-17-16 states:

    • A person may not stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from a person who drives a vehicle unless the person soliciting a ride is faced with an emergency on the roadway, in which case the person may secure a ride to obtain assistance.

    Iowa

    Iowa Code Section 321.331(1) provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.

    Kansas

    Kansas Administrative Regulation Section 39-1-2 states the following:

    • Solicitation of rides, commonly known as hitchhiking, on any portion of the turnpike is prohibited. Loitering in or about toll plazas or any other portion of the turnpike is prohibited. Stopping of vehicles by patrons for the purpose of picking up or discharging hitchhikers is prohibited.

    Kentucky

    Kentucky Statute Section 189.570(19) provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Louisiana

    Louisiana Revised Statute Section 32:218(A) provides, in part, the following:

    • No person shall stand on a public roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, or business from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Maine

    Maine has a very detailed hitchhiking statute. In Maine, hitchhiking is forbidden on the following:

    • The traveled portion of a public way.
    • A limited access highway, including but not limited to the Maine Turnpike.
    • Any portion of a public way during the nighttime.

    Maryland

    MD. Transportation Code Ann. § 21-507(a) states as follows:

    • Except for the occupant of a disabled vehicle who seeks the aid of another vehicle, a person may not stand in a roadway to solicit a ride, employment, or business from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Massachusetts

    The Code of Massachusetts Regulations states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment or business from the operator or occupant of any vehicle without the written permission of the board or officer having control of such roadway or highway.

    Michigan

    If you are traveling by foot in Michigan you should review its pedestrian laws.

    Minnesota

    Minnesota Statute Section 169.22(1) provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.

    Mississippi

    MS Code § 63-3-1109 states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.

    Missouri

    Hitchhiking is generally legal in Missouri.

    Montana

    Montana Code Section 61-8-507(1) provides:

    • A person may not stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Nebraska

    Nebraska Revised Statute 60-6,157(1) provides in part:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Nevada

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.297(3) provides in part:

    • A person shall not stand in a highway to solicit a ride or any business from the driver or any occupant of a vehicle.

    New Hampshire

    NH Rev Stat § 265:40(I) provides in part:

    • No person shall stand on the travelled portion of a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    NH Rev Stat § 265:40(III) provides the following:

    • It shall be lawful for any person to hitchhike or solicit a ride from the occupant of any vehicle upon any road or way, or limited access road and highway provided that the individual is not, when so doing, standing on the paved portion of the road or way.

    New Jersey

    New Jersey Revised Statute Section 39:4-59 states the following:

    • No person shall stand in a highway for the purpose of or while soliciting a ride from the operator of any vehicle other than an omnibus or a street car.

    New Mexico

    NM Stat § 66-7-340(A) states in part:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    New York

    In New York, “no person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.”

    North Carolina

    North Carolina Administrative Code states:

    • It shall be unlawful for any person to hitchhike or to solicit rides, or for the driver of any vehicle to stop for the purpose of picking up one who is hitchhiking or soliciting a ride, on any interstate or controlled access highway

    North Dakota

    North Dakota Century Code 39-10-34(1) states:

    • No person may stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Ohio

    Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.51(A) provides the following:

    • No person while on a roadway outside a safety zone shall solicit a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

    Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Statute Section 47-11-507 provides the following:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, donation, employment or business from the occupant of any vehicle; provided, that persons shall not be prohibited from soliciting pursuant to this section if performed on a roadway maintained by a city or town in compliance with a permit and regulations adopted by ordinance.

    Oregon

    Oregon Revised Statute Section 814.080(1) states the following:

    • A person commits the offense of unlawful hitchhiking if the person is on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    Pennsylvania

    Pedestrians in Pennsylvania should abide by all state and local laws.

    Rhode Island

    RI Gen L § 31-18-12 provides in part:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

    South Carolina

    SC Code § 56-5-3180(a) states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

    South Dakota

    South Dakota doesn’t appear to have any laws prohibiting hitchhiking. Pedestrians should still observe other state and local laws as they apply.

    Tennessee

    Tennessee places limitations on where a person may stand along the roadway. Tennessee Code Section 55-8-139(a) provides:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride or employment from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Texas

    Texas Transportation Code Section 552.007(a) provides the following:

    • A person may not stand in a roadway to solicit a ride, contribution, employment, or business from an occupant of a vehicle, except that a person may stand in a roadway to solicit a charitable contribution if authorized to do so by the local authority having jurisdiction over the roadway.

    Utah

    In Utah, an individual may not impede or block traffic.

    Vermont

    In Vermont, no person may stand within the roadway of a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, contributions, employment, or business from the occupant of any vehicle.

    Virginia

    Section 46.2-929 of the Code of Virginia states:

    • Pedestrians shall not stand or stop in any roadway for the purpose of soliciting rides.

    Washington

    RCW 46.61.255 should be reviewed to understand what is and isn’t allowed with regard to soliciting a ride in Washington.

    West Virginia

    West Virginia Code Section 17C-10-6(c) states:

    • No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

    Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Statute Section 346.29(1) provides:

    • No person shall be on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the operator of any vehicle other than a public passenger vehicle.

    Wyoming

    Hitchhiking was illegal in Wyoming until 2013 when the state eliminated a prohibition in state law against “soliciting a ride.”

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    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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