Q: I am a new driver this summer and was with my friends heading home from the beach. I was driving without my shoes on as we passed a police car. I panicked because I was barefoot and tried to “slip on my sandals.” My friends laughed at me as I tried to get them on without attracting attention to the policeman. My dad says that it for sure is illegal and if I got into an accident it would automatically be my fault. Is this true, can I get in trouble for driving barefoot?

A: Nope, not true! This question comes up all the time and mainly in the summer months. You may not be able to walk into a McDonald’s in bare feet, but you can drive there without shoes. Driving a car barefoot is legal in all 50 states. While the risks of barefoot driving are debatable, the practice is not illegal, though most people assume that it is. It’s just an urban legend. I actually would prefer to see women driving barefoot over slippery sandals or awkward high heels.

Q: I got into a car accident about a year ago and I didn’t have insurance. The state suspended my license until I paid off the damages. I do however own a boat and I was told by my pals that I am not allowed to operate my boat with a suspended driver’s license. Is this really true?

A: Your pals are correct as that is very true! Indiana law (IC 14-15-11-11) states you may not operate a motorboat upon public waters while your Indiana Driver’s License is suspended or revoked.

Q: We are new residents to Michigan City and would love to see the Observation Tower off Lake Shore Drive but the gates always seem to be locked. Is there another way to get in? Is it closed for some reason?

A: The Observation Tower is a safe and fun site to see and can be visited through the Washington Park Zoo entrance during regular zoo hours. The observation tower sits on top of a sand dune east of the Zoo and overlooks Lake Michigan. From the top balconies there is a spectacular view, which is about 220 steps above street level. A Works Progress Administration project from the 1930s, the stone lookout tower was designed by Fred Ahlgrim in an Art Deco style. The tower is a creation of a steel faced with limestone and the roof is topped with a spherical ornament.

And….yes, it was just an April Fool’s Joke and I did not stop writing the column or doing the riddles so no worries!

The winner of last column’s riddle sponsored by Knuckleheads in Michigan City, was Jerry Jackson of Michigan City. Let’s help Detective Urbanczyk and answer last column’s riddle of who killed Candy Barr? Of course the guilty one was Matt! 

The sponsor for this week’s riddle are our friends at Galveston’s in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

It is a warm an unusual day for the 10th of June. The temperature outside was 80 degrees with the sun shining but a mist of rain was coming down, when Larry Fegaras was shot laying outside of Galveston restaurant at approximately 10 a.m. He was found on the sidewalk on the south side of the building by his good friend Al Williamson. Al then called the police immediately. Two minutes later Dan Nole pulls up, sees Larry and parks his car next to him. Detective Steve Westphal arrived at the scene and without any physical evidence, he knew who the guilty person was and made an arrest. How did he know who shot Larry?

The 9th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #333, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com

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