police

Australia
August 9, 2010 1:30am CST
Last year I was driving my car and suddenly my shoelace got caught on the brake pedal. I had to break the shoelace to stop the car. I only stopped just in time before smashing my car into the car infront of me at the lights. Now I decide to drive without shoes on and today I have a fine to pay for not wearing shoes when driving. I think this law should be changed. Would they rather me have an accident, or are the police sponsored by towing companies or something? Should I challenge this in court or just pay the fine?
1 response
@redhotpogo (3935)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Fight it. Either way you're going to have to pay a fine. Might as well get your money's worth, and it might make people second guess their ridiculous law. I would ask "Why is it illegal to drive barefoot?" And if they say because of this. I would say "Where is the evidence of that? Do you have any cases you can show me where that happened? Because I can tell you of many cases where people have gotten their shoes caught on car pedals, which is very dangerous, and kill people." This has personally happened to me too. I got a shoelace stuck on my pedal.
• United States
9 Aug 10
I did some research on statute laws involving operating a motor vehicle without footwear, and it turns out that you are correct. Of course the problem is many cops think, and treat it like it's a law. I assumed it must be a law because that's what I was told when I got a ticket for driving barefoot. I was actually sitting in my car and a cop pulled up, and asked me where I was going. I said I had just arrived. And he said something like "You know it's illegal to drive a vehicle without shoes, right?" And I said that I wasn't aware of that, and I hadn't been driving barefoot. I had just taken off my shoes before he walked up to get a rock out of my socks. Then he gave me a ticket. It might not be the law, but count on getting a ticket if you're caught barefoot when a cop is around.