It is amazing how even a lawyer from the state of Florida, and a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, can say this in the article below. It makes no sense what so ever, and they apparently never ever enjoyed the barefoot experience (not even in the car).
Here it is:
Illegal to Drive Barefoot?
By Andrew Chow, Esq. on May 23, 2012 8:03 AM
Is it illegal to drive barefoot? This question pops up from time to time on our FindLaw Answers traffic law forum, and may be on drivers minds as summer approaches.
The short answer is no: There are no federal or state laws that prohibit driving a car without shoes. But state laws may be different for other types of motor vehicles like motorcycles. And local jurisdictions may also put their foot down when it comes to driving barefoot.
While driving a car barefoot may technically be legal, law enforcement officers generally don’t recommend it because of safety concerns. For example:
Driving barefoot could make it more difficult to drive. “We don’t recommend it because your feet can slip off the gas pedal,” a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles told the Naples Daily News.
Barefoot drivers’ discarded footwear could also possibly get stuck under a car’s pedals, impairing the ability to brake or accelerate.
In addition, if a barefoot driver gets in an accident, he could possibly be cited for reckless driving if police determine that being barefoot somehow contributed to the crash.
When it comes to motorcycles, however, some states do explicitly require footwear — not just for drivers, but passengers as well. For example, Alabama law states, “No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle unless he is wearing shoes.”
Other states like California, however, do allow motorcyclists to go barefoot. “We obviously don’t recommend it, but there’s no law against it,” a California Highway Patrol spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
While state laws may not make it illegal to drive barefoot, local lawmakers may enact laws against it. Check with your local jurisdiction, or consult a local traffic law attorney to make sure it’s legal to put the pedal to the metal without putting on your shoes.
Yes, a dress shoe, a sandal, high heels, and other shoes, with slick bottoms can slip off the pedals, but the barefoot will NOT, I have been driving barefoot even before I started walking barefoot, and never even came close to have my foot slip, even when wet..
A driver who discard his shoes, and leave them under him, is careless at the least, shoes will slide when breaking, and end up under the pedals, they should be moved to the passenger side, or any safe place, where there is no chance of sliding under the pedals.
I have been stopped by a police officers once or twice (who didn’t?) and did come out of the care BAREFOOT, and the officer never had any problems with my driving with no shoes
What other ways will this society find to stop us from being barefoot and healthy?