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http://www.dailyorange.com/news/2004/09/21/Pulp/Is.It.Legal-725298.shtml
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Wow! SO and I were just talking about this the other day - snopes, do you have a reverse microphone into my house?

I was under the impression that it wasn't legal, SO thought that it was legal, but uncomfortable. He kinda laughed at me, like, the things you worry about being legal.

I drive barefoot quite often on my drive home - no A/C in the car means the shoes are coming off. I do put them back on, however, if I need to use a gas station bathroom.

ETExplain: Only in my family do we joke that the government has installed "reverse microphones" into our house.

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Hey cool. I can't believe I've thought all these years that it was illegal. [Embarrassed] [dunce]
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I have never heard of this. My highschool friend always drove barefoot (her feet were "claustrophobic"), and I tend to do it when I have heels on (hard to control the pedal with a heel on, for me anyway), or some other uncomfortable shoe.

No one has ever mentioned the possible legalities of this to me. I'd have laughed at them anyway, since I can't see any reason why it would be illegal. It's not like I'm chucking my shoes out my open window at pedestrians or anything.


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My mother always told me it was illegal and I believed it. Of course, it didn't stop me from driving barefoot... I, like ranran, take off my heels and other uncomfortable footwear when driving, and now I won't feel like my mother is tsk tsking behind me everytime.

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That's exactly why I thought it was illegal vanilla_pink - my Mom said it was so.

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Dang old wives and the tales they tell!

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I didnt know about this myth. I always drive barefoot if I'm making a quick trip through a drive thru

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quote:
The most common rumor used by wrongdoers on the road, Carlo said, is that officers cannot issue tickets or make arrests without wearing their uniform cap. That rumor also has no grain of truth behind it, Carlo said.
My dad was a Missouri State Highway Patrolman. Once the local paper snapped a photo of him with another trooper tending a car accident. When he saw it on the front page, he said, "Great, I'm gonna catch hell from the captian." I asked him why and he said because he wasn't wearing his hat in the pic.

He said that if they're out of the car, they've got their hat on. I don't think it was a "rule" written or unwritten, just sort of a standing expectation or tradition. A professionalism thing.

Of course, they could issue citations or make arrests without it; you'd occasionally see them holding it under their arms while leaning over to speak to a driver.

ETA: I guess a standing tradition could be considered an "unwritten rule," so sue me, I've used up my supply of literature for the day. [Razz]

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Man if that were "true" law , the people in my state would be at a lost. Driving barefooot is as common as going to the store to pick up bread and milk (shoes required in the store however). With as much beach going teenagers and surfers here, slippers/shoes/flip-flps are somethings that they just leave at home. So much so, that this is a "new" UL/rumor I've heard of.

I drive barefeet if Im dressed up and have to wear heels (yuck, can't drive manual with heels on)

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I believe that laws vary from state to state about barefoot motorcycle riding.
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quote:
Originally posted by Samuel Jones:
I believe that laws vary from state to state about barefoot motorcycle riding.

[lol] You would hope, Samuel, but according to this page, Alabama was the only state that mentioned it under driving barefoot. At least as of 10 years ago.
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Alabama:
Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted. Exception: motorcycle rider.

Also from Alabama's laws:
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b) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle unless he is wearing shoes.
The rest only mention "motor vehicles." (Does that mean motorcycles too?) Ohio says "permitted but not recommended," California says "not prohibited," and the other 47 plus DC say "permitted."

Note: I found the above link through barefooters.org.

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I drove an Elise a couple of years ago that Lotus had loaned us for the week. My size 11 4E shoes wouldn't fit between the brake and the center reinforcement to reach the accelerator, so I had to drive it with one shoe off. Fortunately, Detroit PD didn't catch me zipping through Rouge Park. [Eek!]

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Originally posted by ranran yousei:

No one has ever mentioned the possible legalities of this to me. I'd have laughed at them anyway, since I can't see any reason why it would be illegal. It's not like I'm chucking my shoes out my open window at pedestrians or anything.

The person who passes this rumor on to me actually provided a reason that was semi-plausible at the time. The reasoning was that if my car engine was overheating the heat could be conducted through the metal parts to the pedal. If the driver was barefoot than they wouldn't be able to control the car because it would burn them.

I was young and stupid when I heard it and really fell for it.

Wow. I think I'll kick off my shoes and go for a ride.

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So barefooted hippies like me can drive around town without fear of retribution from the man? Sweet! That makes getting off work and heading home all the more pleasant.

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I'd be more worried about the bloke in the article even considering driving a car with a bad hangover. He would probably be well over the limit and might mow down grannies and children etc!

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Barefeet-A-Chow

ETA: Barefoot-A-Chow

Edited because some people are such FAST posters [Big Grin]

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Um ... your (ETA)FIRST chow is to a three-year-old thread that is itself a chow to another thread that is no longer available.

ETA: Tsk! No fair editing your post and not saying so. [Razz]

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Originally posted by tiger_splash:

The person who passes this rumor on to me actually provided a reason that was semi-plausible at the time. The reasoning was that if my car engine was overheating the heat could be conducted through the metal parts to the pedal. If the driver was barefoot than they wouldn't be able to control the car because it would burn them.

If that were true, don't you think you'd say "Hmm. My foot's getting hot. I wonder if the engine is overheating?"

My mom always told me that it was better to drive barefoot because the vibrations through the pedal helped keep you awake. Of course, my mom is a barefoot advocate at almost all times.

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It was a commonly known "fact" when I began driving and being driven that it was illegal to drive without shoes. The arguement was that you didn't have the same control with a barefoot as a shoed one. I always wondered about that. Seems a bare foot would have better control without all that leather getting in the way.

Another "truth" among the same crowds, at the same time, was that if you're parked with your guy you had to leave your shoes on because if a cop came to your car and you had your shoes off, your fella could be charged with rape.

Yes, we really believed these... [lol]

tag no officer, I'm not naked...I DO have my shoes on! urit

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Shoot, if'n my friends couldn't drive barefoot, they couldn't drive a-tall. I mean, typically they keeps one foot on th' gas, clamps the steerin' wheel with the toes on t'other foot, leavin' both hands free fer their cig and their beer.

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I've heard the rumours about footwear and driving, but I always took the common-sense approach. I don't even know if it's illegal in Canada or not, but I would think that it's more problamatic for improper footwear than no footwear.

For example, if you decide to drive barefoot and kick your shoes off and leave them on the floor on the driver's side, that can pose a serious hazard if they get stuck under the pedals.

Similarly if you're wearing shoes with no heels (especially driving a manual), they're more likely to come off or restrict access to the pedals, especially in a crucial moment like when you're panicking.

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I've had flip flops come loose on me and get stuck both on top and under the pedals. Can be quite scary. So barefoot is much safer than wearing flip flops or other loose shoes.

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I wonder if it's legal to drive naked.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
I wonder if it's legal to drive naked.

Apparently not

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So if you have heavily tinted windows it's okay?

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Hmm..according to that story, the fellow was naked, but not in a car, and was threatening a witness by waving a hammer at her. See, I was thinking about peaceful naked driving....

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Originally posted by Eve MG doesn't fly either:
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Alabama:
Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted. Exception: motorcycle rider.


Well, since I can't prove you wrong in under 5 minutes, I'm not going to claim that you are. Hat, glasses, and earmuff requirements vary wildly (and weirdly) from state to state. I think some states require that you have medical insurance if you want to ride without a helmet. I've always been under the impression (and am not ready to give it up just yet) that shirt/shoes regulations varied from state to state, as well.
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well, here in ontario you are already allowed to go topless, and if you take out footwear as well, theoretically you should be able to drive legally down the road in nothing but a thong.

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.... but most of the year you would be quite likely to catch cold.

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Ah, so the Ontario theme song is "Thongs and the Mammaries."

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[fish] <---- Brad

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A "reverse microphone" is a speaker isn't it? I mean, isn't reverse completely unnecessary?

Never mind.

Anyway, never heard this before, but wow there sure are a lot of crazy rumors about what's illegal. I imagine someone who likes to defend their road behavior (someone who's constantly breaking rules of the road) would use this as a defense, something like "well a lot of road laws are pretty useless". Sure it's a nonsequiter, but it's not like people using this as a defense would realize that.

And yes, when it comes to laws, common sense is a pretty good approach. Unless a cop tells you the law, if it sounds too silly to be true, don't obey it. Wow I hope some psycho doesn't read that and apply that to their crazy idea that virus bombing being illegal is a silly thing to be illegal and since they never heard some official actually state it's illegal, it isn't...

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quote:
Originally posted by eakf:
Similarly if you're wearing shoes with no heels (especially driving a manual), they're more likely to come off or restrict access to the pedals, especially in a crucial moment like when you're panicking.

I don't get that last bit? do you mean slip-ons with no backs to them?

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Driving barefoot being illegal is an UL that my parents always told me, too. The reason was that if you were in an accident, you might be in a situation where you had to try to get out quickly, and could be stepping on broken glass, gasoline, bits of jagged metal, etc. with no shoes on.

Thinking of that makes me want to keep the shoes securely on, law or no [Smile]

La "plus those pedals are all yucky to be touching with bare skin" ra

ETA: I was in a very serious accident where I actually put my foot through the floorboard trying to brake. I was damned glad for the sneaker then, too. The sole was completely melted and nearly gone when they found it, but the sole of my foot was intact.

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