Wearing Headphones While Driving Legal in Most States

Wearing Headphones While Driving Legal in Most States

Common sense would tell you that wearing headphones (those not made to communicate hands-free with a phone) while driving would be illegal – or at least stupid.

But apparently it’s not that clear cut in the majority of the 50 states in America. According to AAA, wearing headphones is “mostly illegal” in just four states, while it’s “mostly legal” in 33 states. In the remaining 13, it’s apparently a Facebook relationship status of “it’s complicated.”

The complicated states have differing laws from state to state but for the most part it means that unless headphones are built into a helmet or is a Bluetooth headset, it’s illegal.

In case you thought that it was perfectly safe and legal to use headphones while driving, you might want to double check your state’s law. Or just be a nice, safe driver and avoid wearing them altogether.

[Source: Geekwire]

  • BVR

    Sooo you can be deaf and drive a car, but in some cases your not allowed to wear headphones at all. What if your not listening to HEAVY METAL ROCK AND ROLL, and instead listening to an audio book or a pod cast, or something about the LORD? Does the situation then change. In Colorado your allowed to smoke dope, but not allowed to wear head phones while driving. Ohhh what a tangled web we weave, people, in the civilized society.

  • Mikku

    People who talk about the LORD often yell, so that might be just as bad as HEAVY METAL ROCK AND ROLL for driving.

  • Dove

    Jesus would be a safe and courteous driver. If you want to spend time with the LORD while driving, do it in prayer. ♥