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Is it legal to drive barefoot?

Editor's note: The following is an "Ask a Trooper" column provided by Sergeant 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,