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    Someone told me that it is illegal to have any type of devise in your ear while driving, such as headphones.

    Is this true, or just a figment of their imagination. What is your state's rule on this?

    Mike

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    RPD that is a pretty broad statement. That would mean that folks with hearing aids would have to remove them while driving. I just don't hardly think so.

    At one time, it was against the law in California to drive with a headset on, unless you were operating an emergency vehicle. I just attempted to find the section in CVC and was unable to locate it. Perhaps Pelican Driver, or one of our other CHPS can help us out here.

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      In Louisiana it is against the law to wear headphones while operating a vehicle.

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        In FL, you must have one ear uncovered. That allows you to use the hands free cell phone mics.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cajuncop:
          In Louisiana it is against the law to wear headphones while operating a vehicle.

          Even the Cell phone headset?

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          • #6
            Don,

            The section in question is CVC 27400, which prohibits motor vehicle or bicycle operation with both ears covered or plugged. The exceptions are:

            1. Emergency vehicle operators
            2. Operators of construction equipment
            3. Garbage collectors
            4. Hearing aid wearers
            5. Wearers of custom-made noise attenuators that DON'T block the noise of horns or sirens.

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            • #7
              I thank you Sig! I was searching using the wrong words. I was looking for "headphones" instead of "headsets." DUH

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              • #8
                In Virginia, you may not wear headphones while driving except for certain exceptions, such as noise reducing headphones for the firefighters. So - the short answer is no, you may not listen to your Discman, etc. while driving. In terms of hands-free phones,though so long as both ears aren't covered the charge may not stick; I'd have to look close at the code book. But don't do it, it's still too distracting!

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                • #9
                  Don't quote me, but I believe in Texas, there is no law against it, although it is generally not a good idea to wear headphones while driving. The ham radio in my car is all hands free but I still sometimes get distracted by listening to the conversation, so I don't even have that on all of the time.


                  Kyle, KD5HQD

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys.

                    That pretty much answers my question.

                    Mike

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