Is It Illegal To Drive Naked In Minnesota Or Wisconsin?
Sometimes questions pop into your mind and you need answers, or at least a little more clarity on whatever that question is, regardless of how strange it may be.
I've spent a considerable amount of time on the road lately and after getting passed by a shirtless guy in a Mustang, it brought to mind the times I've ended up not fully clothed behind the wheel of my truck and I wondered what laws are in place regarding driving and clothing.
For me, almost every time I've not been fully dressed while driving it has been because I just finished a long run and needed to hit the road, but I'm too hot and sweaty to have a shirt on. So, I keep the windows up and the AC on and avoid putting a shirt on until get where I'm going.
I do wonder, however, what someone would think when they pulled up next to me. I'm shirtless and although I am wearing shorts, they'd likely only see my bare legs. To them, I could be just a naked guy in a truck. I should have fun with it and roll down my window to ask if they'd like to meet for a banana split, but could I get in trouble?
The question I decided to seek clarity on is whether you can legally drive naked in Minnesota or Wisconsin, and what I found was a little surprising.
To be clear both Minnesota and Wisconsin have laws against indecent exposure and lewd or disorderly conduct, particularly in locations where it is not expected or tolerated. You know, like the grocery store or yoga class.
While the aforementioned locations cover most of each state when it comes to being naked, there is nothing mentioned specifically against driving naked. Also, a key line regaring the violation of an indecency law provides a window of opportunity: if you are visible to the public.
Therefore, the simple act of driving naked isn't necessarily against the law in either state. However, it would not be wise to go through a drive-thru. In fact, you'd want to make sure others on the road can't see you in all of your glory or they could report you and then there may be trouble..
In Minnesota, for example, violating existing indecent exposure laws is no laughing matter, with penalties starting at up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
So, if you wish to drive naked you better be careful to keep it as your little secret. Make sure you have a full tank of gas or a refill could be challenging, make sure you drive cautiously as getting pullled over for speeding could turn into something very interesting and don't crank the radio or do other things to draw attention to yourself. Some sunscreen may also be helpful.
Oh, and if you see a shirtless guy pull up next to you in a truck, it's okay. I likely just got done running and I'm just cooling off before putting a shirt on. I'm also wearing shorts, at least as far as you know.