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I was browsing the local Craigslist Rideshare section, looking for someone to tag along on an upcoming road trip when I came across this post:

I am a nudist that will be travelling, in the buff, west on I70 to Denver and then N to Cheyenne and then west on I80 to points west starting tomorrow. It would be fun to have a HWP female rider that is open minded and willing to at least put up with my hobby even if not a practioner. I will be stopping the night somewhere in Wyoming and then moving on. I'd like someone that is willing to split gas and lodging costs if possible. I will leave the Wichita area tomorrow morning between 8 and 9 am.

Which makes me wonder: Is it legal* to drive in the nude?

*If relevant laws vary, then let me limit the scope of the question to the state of Kansas, USA, where the post was made.

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I found the perfect excuse in case you get arrested: imgur.com/gallery/IKZxh :) –  iHaveacomputer Jul 15 '12 at 21:31
"HWP" = Highway Patrol? –  e100 Oct 19 '12 at 17:12
e100: HWP - Height/Weight Proportionate. I.e. "attractive" –  Flimzy Oct 19 '12 at 17:35
is that part of "my friend has a question" contest? :-) –  Geeo Jan 16 '14 at 20:37

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One would definitely have to look at the statutes state by state. In the state of Florida for example you could be cited under the public indecency statute. In NY though going topless is legal for women, so partial nudity would be fine in that state.

There were similar discussions on other sites like Yahoo answers, or Answers.com.

But generally Kansas being a fairly conservative state I would say you are likely to get cited for public indecency if you get stopped or have to get out of the car (unless of course you start and end in a garage in a private home.)

Speaking of: Link no longer valid

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There are several blogs discussing driving naked and its legality they are not specific to Kansas but discuss points generally applicable to Kansas as well.

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In Kansas, it is legal to be naked in full view of everyone, walking down the street, "unless [one] is exposing themselves or a sexual organ to gratify or arouse someone other than themself", according to this news story, so driving naked in Kansas would also be legal, if those conditions are met.

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In general, if you are driving naked and no one can see you, then there is no violation of law. Nudity in itself is not a crime. Example: It is 3 AM and you are on an interstate or any other road for that matter, and there are no other vehicles on the road or if no one can see you are nude, then there is no violation.

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This makes sense... but do you have a source to back it up? I.e. a law that defines public nudity as being seen by someone? –  Flimzy May 2 '14 at 13:17
This seems wrong. I would guess, public nudity is when someone is naked in a location accessible by the public, not by the fact that there is no public at the moment. –  Itai May 4 '14 at 20:55

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