In the United States, riding in the back of pickup truck, specifically passengers traveling in the truck bed or cargo area, is restricted to some extent. To ride in the back of a pickup truck may be a common practice, particularly in more rural areas where pickup trucks are used as the main source of transportation. However, there are certain laws in place that restrict or completely do not allow people to ride in a truck bed. On the other hand, there are states which do not have any laws regarding the legality riding in the back of pickup truck beds.
It is important be aware of the applicable State laws in order to avoid any traffic violations. Furthermore, states that may impose certain restrictions do not necessary ban the practice of riding in a truck bed, but impose certain circumstances in which it is allowed. For example, in Arkansas employees that are on duty are allowed to ride in the back of pickup truck beds. In California, there are situations in which it is allowed, such as during a parade or emergency situations.
Traffic laws vary from State to State, and thus, there will be different consequences in regards to a blocked driveway. Certain jurisdictions will also have definitions as to what it means to block a driveway. Some may define it as the vehicle blocking the driveway to the extent that no vehicle can enter or exit because a prominent portion of the vehicle has blocked the driveway. Other jurisdictions have more strict interpretations, where even the smallest fraction of the vehicle in the driveway's path is considered a blocked driveway.
However, the most common consequences involved with a blocked driveway are a ticket and possibly a tow. Many jurisdictions will give a ticket if the car blocks a driveway, but not to the extent where other vehicles cannot enter or exit. In the case the blocked driveway is completely obstructed, law enforcement agencies may tow the car.
Due to the exactness of its nature, driving above the speed limit is considered to be the most broken driving law in the United States. This is due solely to the fact that in the event of driving a single mile per hour above the speed limit is breaking the driving law. With the exception of cruise control, the ability to manually stabilize a speed while driving is impossible. This is a fact of which law enforcement agents are aware. However, their awareness is not an invitation to break any laws for driving.
While driving a mile or two over the speed limit on a highway is still considered to be a crime on the highway, the best way to avoid breaking the speed limit is to drive slower and more carefully. However, a mile or two in excess of the speed limit in a residential or school zone is a serious offense and can be avoided through slower and safer driving habits.