It’s HOT in Florida! Can I drive barefoot or is that against the law?


ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions and shares tips about the rules of the road, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve has been asked many times, “Is it legal in Florida to drive without wearing shoes?”

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Florida law does not say that driving without shoes is illegal, Trooper Steve said.

“Actually, it doesn’t address it at all,” he added. “But let’s think about exactly what we’re doing here. Any type of crash could be rather devastating if you don’t have anything protecting your feet.”

Trooper Steve then recounted a crash on I-4 in Osceola County.

“I received a phone call from my cousin. Unfortunately, she was involved in a serious car crash along I-4 close to the attractions,” he said. “I responded and once I got on scene, I realized how bad her injuries were. She was not wearing any shoes while driving and when the collision happened, her right foot slammed into the accelerator. This caused some serious injuries as her foot was split between the big toe and the next toe.”

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Trooper Steve said the incident was traumatic for his cousin and himself.

“We all drive without shoes sometimes so I understand, and I’m not sitting here saying that you’re a bad person if you drive without shoes or with flip-flops, but what I am saying is there are consequences to some of the things that we do, even if it’s a routine daily activity,” he said. “If you’re driving a long distance or at high speeds, I recommend wearing sneakers so that your feet are protected.”

Wearing sandals and similar types of shoes is common in Florida, but Trooper Steve said, “It is my job is to preach safety and at the end of the day, we could really do some damage to ourselves simply because we’re trying to be comfortable.”

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