Investigating a Strange Waynesboro Law

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- An interesting Waynesboro law has reached the attention of the national media.

The law states that a woman cannot drive up Main Street without her husband walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

Several websites recently picked up on this law, but Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department said it was taken off the books 25-30 years ago.

He said the law was passed when cars were starting to gain popularity.

Today, female drivers have nothing to worry about.

"No female driver will be charged driving up main street without a husband or significant other waving a red flag in front of them. Actually that would be quite dangerous. That would be considered playing in the street and being a distraction," said Edwards.

These type of obscure laws are purged from the books every few years.

"The city attorney and city council have gone to great lengths to make sure there are no ridiculous laws on the books, laws that can be unenforceable or they can be enforced the wrong way," said Edwards.

This one is now only an urban legend.