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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Friday September 10th, 2010 :: 10:15 a.m. EDT


Is It Illegal To Drive Barefoot? See email for full story.

This question has always fascinated me. Most people you ask will reply, “Oh yes, it’s definitely illegal to drive barefoot. Don’t get caught or you will get a big ticket!” First of all, how in the world would an officer spot the violation? The correct answer to this mystical question is NO!! It’s not illegal to drive barefoot. In fact, while researching this question I could not find a period of time where it was ever illegal. This makes me wonder, who started this perplexing rumor that seems to have circulated worldwide with such conviction that drivers answer yes to this famous question with 100% certainty in their voice. Perhaps we will never know the answer to this bewildering riddle, but please rest assured it is not illegal to drive a car barefoot in any of the 50 states in the good ole U.S.A. In fact, it is actually recommended to drive a vehicle barefoot if you are wearing flip flops, backless shoes, high heels, or any shoes that your foot can easily slip out of and impair your driving.

Note: As with most situations there is an exception to the rule, which comes from the State of Alabama, where it is illegal to ride a motorcycle barefoot – this is also commonly referred to as common sense!

Most experts discourage against driving barefoot stating it is not the safest practice. Consider this, you’re vehicle breaks down on a sweltering hot summer day and you must exit your vehicle onto the pavement to seek help. Ouch!

In conclusion, the statement, “It’s illegal to drive barefoot” appears to be an urban legend. So remember, while there’s never been an episode on the Flintstones where Fred was pulled over for D.W.S. (driving without shoes) generally speaking it’s not the best practice.

Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section

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