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Ask a Trooper: Is it illegal to drive barefoot in Minnesota?

Q: Is it illegal to drive barefoot in Minnesota?

A: Driving a motor vehicle barefoot in Minnesota is legal. I must say that secured footwear can be safer, especially when you’re operating a motorcycle, moped or even a car.

I have heard of crashes that were caused by loose sandals/flip flops that interfered with the brake and accelerator pedals.

This brings up another safety issue. Make sure the driver’s side floor mat is secured in place. Most the newer vehicles have a tab that is attached to the floor of the vehicle that attaches to the floor mat, so the mat does not interfere with the brake or accelerator pedals.

Other unsafe acts that I see on the road are when the front seat occupants have a pet in their lap and when front seat passenger places their feet on the dashboard while the vehicle is in motion. I caution and warn people that in the event of an airbag deployment, serious injuries could occur to the pet, driver and passengers.

Being in a vehicle is probably the most dangerous thing that most of us will do on a daily basis, so anytime we get behind the wheel, pay attention, drive the speed limit, never drive intoxicated and always wear your seatbelt.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Send your questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota to trooper@duluthnews.com or Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach him at neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.

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