Saturday, April 26, 2008

Is It Against the Law to Drive Without Shoes?

Orange County Register [CA]
25 April 2008

Honk! South: The myth about driving barefoot

Is it against the law to drive without shoes? How about sandals or heels? What if they're designer?

The Orange County Register

[...] California Highway Patrol Officer Rolf Trondsen assures me the CHP is more interested in how you drive more than what you wear when you're doing it.

"It's up to the driver to be responsible and make sure you can control the vehicle," he said.

As long as you keep the car straight and you keep control of it, you can wear whatever you want on your feet.

There's nothing written on the California Vehicle code that restricts footwear, or the lack of, he said. And in Southern California, the land of the flip-flop, that's good news.

That answer comes to a surprise to me, since my driving instructor 11 years ago told me driving barefoot was an offense that would garner a ticket. [...]