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Is it illegal to drive barefoot in your state?
No, though you need to wear shoes when riding a motorcycle.
No law deems it illegal; however, according to their Motorcycle Operating Manual, “Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles and sturdy enough to give them support.”
No, it’s not illegal here. But you could be fined for reckless driving if you get into an accident barefoot.
No, it’s not technically illegal, yet you could be ticketed by police discretion. You also can be fined for reckless driving if you get into an accident barefoot.
No, but you can face additional penalties if you get into an accident barefoot.
No, but driving barefoot can be cause for a negligent driving offense.
Nope! There is no law against barefoot driving in CT.
No, it is not illegal to drive without shoes in Delaware.
District of Columbia
No, there is no law deeming it illegal.
No, it’s not illegal in Florida. However, in an accident, the responding officer can cite you for reckless driving if they believe you were wearing improper footwear.
No, it’s not illegal to drive a car barefoot (though you can face penalties for reckless or negligent driving if you get into an accident). It is, however, illegal to drive a motorcycle barefoot.
No, there are no laws in Hawaii that deem driving barefoot illegal.
No, but you could be cited for inattentive driving.
No, though if you get into an accident, you can be cited for failure to exercise due care.
It’s not illegal on a state level, but it is illegal in some municipalities and towns. You may also be ticketed for careless driving if you get into an accident barefoot.
No, it’s not technically illegal. That being said, it is formally considered unsafe.
No, it’s not illegal. The driver's manual states that proper attire must be worn to prevent distraction, and that cyclists must wear shoes, so you may face penalties if you get pulled over.
No. You can drive barefoot in Louisiana.
No, but there can be penalties if you lose control of your vehicle or are distracted while driving without shoes.
No—however, if you get into an accident while driving barefoot you could be charged for negligent or reckless driving.
No. There are no specific laws that outlaw driving barefoot.
No. There is nothing in the Michigan Vehicle Code that outlaws driving barefoot.
No. It is actually considered safer to drive barefoot than to drive in flip-flops or other loose shoes.
No. You can drive barefoot in Mississippi.
It is not illegal, but it is considered unsafe. That said, it is considered safer than driving in high heels or sandals.
No, it’s not technically illegal to drive barefoot. If you get into an accident while barefoot, you could be charged for reckless or negligent driving.
No. It is legal to drive barefoot in Nebraska.
No—but if you get into an accident, you may be charged with reckless driving or face civil fines.
No. You can drive barefoot in New Hampshire.
No. It is legal to drive without shoes in New Jersey.
No. You can drive with bare feet in New Mexico without issue.
No. If you get into an accident while barefoot, you may be deemed at least partially liable.
No. It’s considered safer to drive barefoot than to wear loose-fitting shoes or shoes with heels.
No. However, if you get distracted and are pulled over, an officer could give you a citation.
No. You can drive barefoot in Ohio, though if you get into an accident, you may be cited for failure to exercise due care.
No. That said, you could be cited for distracted driving if you’re pulled over.
No. However, if you get into an accident you could be charged with reckless or careless driving. You also open yourself up to civil penalties.
No. You are good to drive barefoot in RI.
No. However, you could be charged with reckless driving or face civil fines if you get into an accident while barefoot.
No. It is legal to drive without shoes.
No, it’s not illegal on a state level. However, it may be illegal in certain municipalities. If you get into an accident, you may also be cited for careless or reckless driving if it’s deemed you were wearing inappropriate footwear.
No, but getting into an accident while barefoot could result in a reckless driving charge. You also open yourself up to civil lawsuits.
No, but you are encouraged to wear sensible footwear.
No. You can drive barefoot in Vermont.
No. You can technically drive barefoot in VA, though the state suggests wearing shoes without an open or high heel. You can be ticketed for reckless driving if you get into an accident while barefoot.
No. You can drive barefoot in Washington.
No, you can drive without shoes in WV.
No. However, you could be charged for reckless driving if you’re not wearing shoes.
Key Takeaway It’s not technically illegal to drive without shoes, but wearing proper footwear will help you avoid getting pulled over in certain municipalities and can help you avoid related citations.
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