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Cop Talk: Is it legal to drive barefoot in Minnesota?

Is it legal to drive barefoot in Minnesota? This is a question that gets asked often. When looking at Minnesota State Statutes, there is no provision that prohibits a person from driving barefoot. As a result, the short and simple answer is that ...

Is it legal to drive barefoot in Minnesota? This is a question that gets asked often.
When looking at Minnesota State Statutes, there is no provision that prohibits a person from driving barefoot. As a result, the short and simple answer is that it is not illegal to drive barefoot.
But we can’t stop there. The next question is, is it safe to drive barefoot? The answer to that depends on a number of things.
There are a lot of sharp objects in the pedal and dash area of a vehicle that could cause injury to a person if their foot gets in the wrong place and is not protected. If a person were to get injured and become distracted by pain or bleeding, that could lead to other issues such as going off the road, colliding with another vehicle, striking a pedestrian or a law violation.
Also, if your vehicle was to break down or you are in a collision, your feet will be protected from broken glass and other hazards.
As you can see, driving barefoot may be legal, but because of safety reasons, it isn’t the best choice.
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The Alexandria Police Department and the Echo Press have teamed up to create Cop Talk. Each column will feature an answer to a question from a reader, a safety tip or another timely topic.

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