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"Ask a Trooper" discusses barefoot driving

by Bonnie Amistadi

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol


Question:  Since it is summer time and I’m spending a lot of time at the beach with the kids I often jump in my car to go home and don't put my sandals back on. Is this legal? Can I drive barefoot or would I get a ticket?


Answer:  This is a good question that I am asked fairly often. Driving a motor vehicle barefoot in Minnesota is LEGAL. I must say that prudent footwear can be safer, especially when you’re operating a motorcycle, moped or even a car. 


If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.  (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,jesse.grabow@state.mn.us)