If the police started arresting people for being in possession of Class A stupidity officers would never get any other work done.

A website called Ask the Police created by the Police National Legal Database (no, we’d not heard of that before either) is an online resource that provides answers to the general public's most frequently asked questions.

Many of the questions included on the site are completely sensible, and the answers to them give some very useful information.

Other questions, however, are … how can we put this politely? … a little bit dumb.

We’ve looked through and pulled out 20 of the most ridiculous questions asked of the police.

When browsing down the list keep in mind that these are among the most FREQUENTLY asked questions.

They make you wonder how some people are able to function in everyday life without hurting themselves or others, especially when many of these relate to driving.

Even if you think some of these are legitimate questions, they are certainly not matters to burden the police with.

To its credit, the Ask the Police website gives reasonable answers – it must have been tempting to write “for goodness’ sake!” and “are you for real?!” in response to some of these.

In that spirit, we've paraphrased the correct answers so you'll know not to bug police with silly questions.

Top 20 stupidest questions people have asked police:

Is cannabis legal?


I go out on a weekend and 'binge' drink, does this mean I have a drink problem?


Can I be arrested by a police officer if he/she is not wearing a hat?


Can you tell me how old I have to be to get a tattoo?


Is it only hunting for foxes that is banned?


News Shopper:

Someone has broken into my house and taken some property, is that burglary?


Can I get banned for speeding?


Can a person be arrested for just swearing in the street?


Someone has damaged the street name plate in my street, who should I report it to?

Your local council.

Can cyclists be prosecuted for drink-driving?


News Shopper:

I have seen some spray that can cover my registration number, is it legal?


Is it an offence to urinate in a public place?


Can I carry a passenger on my pedal cycle?


When can I park on double yellow lines?

You can't unless you have a disabled parking permit.

If I suck a copper coin, will it invalidate the breathalyser test?


News Shopper:

Can I take a 'selfie' while I am driving?

You shouldn't.

Can I wear sunglasses whilst driving at night?

Not advisable.

Does a police officer's power apply when they are not on duty?


Can the police stop and search me more than once a day?


Can I use a Taser for self-defence?


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