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Officers are examining whether any crime was committed, and looking into suggestions that Woods may have been driving without shoes, which is illegal in Florida
I think it's to do with feet getting sweaty and slipping on the pedals. I'm also sure I've seen on some of those Stop Police Motorway Cops Cameras Helicopters shows.That people have been admonished for driving in just socks /stockinged or bare feet. (Someone elsewhere suggested that maybe you unconsiously would not jam your foot down hard enough in an emergency if it was unprotected)
Well I suppose Florida is hotter than here so sweaty feet would be more of a problem.However surely wearing thick shoes would be more dangerous than no shoes, due to the lack of sensitivity to changes in peddle pressure.
I think PC is right. But it's certainly one for those 'odd laws from around the world' quizzes...
I actually thought it was illegal here too, but google suggests not. This man has written to every state and found it's not illegal, including Florida (apologies if it's a nudist site** or someth8ing, I didn't check)http://tafkac.org/legal/driving.barefoot/driving_barefoot.htmlSome websites suggest is illegal to drive barefoot in Scotland, which might make sense as it's permanently icy. ** A different apology if you are a nudist
It is an offence to drive without shoes in Britain as well. Not enough preassure can be put on the brake peddel in an emergency situation. So they say.
@RossI think you would get the same chastisement if you were to be found wearing Wellington boots, hiking boot, platformm shoes, stilletoes etc. The actual offence would be deemed 'not being in proper control of the vehicle' and if an accident occured would certainly count against you.
Some legal discussion here
The Highway Code P24 (p13 in pdf) says92. Before setting off. You should ensure that...snip...• clothing and footwear do not prevent you using thecontrols in the correct mannerI would guess that being barefoot has some impact on the ability to depress the brake pedal. Whether that's sufficient to prevent "using the controls in a correct manner", I don't know.
The "Highway code" is ADVICE and NOT "law".UNLESS it mentions a specific act, then it is as good as the bloody "Beano" as far as law goes.However you CAN be done for "unsuitable footwear". I made it to one of my "specialisations" to book assholes with platform soles riding motorbikes in the 70s, and stupid bloody cows with six inch heels driving cars.
"I actually thought it was illegal here too, but google suggests not. "I remember my driving instructer recommending driving without shoes if the alternative was big heavy shoes so I'm sure it isn't explicitly illegal (or at least wasn't 12 years ago)."This man has written to every state and found it's not illegal, including Florida "Hmmm, it could be some sort of broader offence as PC suggests.
"I made it to one of my "specialisations" to book assholes with platform soles riding motorbikes in the 70s,"So you were literally the style police!
Ross said... so I'm sure it isn't explicitly illegal (or at least wasn't 12 years ago).I was booking people in the late 70s and through the 80s for it. My Father, also as a motorcycle cop in the 50s. So you are wrong. As is Google.UNLESS it is another of these sensible laws that the labour twats have got rid of."Not having due (proper) control of a motor vehicle".
Dangers of bonking more like.
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