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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.
20 year old Michael Baker probably thought he was pretty clever and funny, siphoning gas from a police car while flicking off the camera for a photo. The same photo that he posted up on Facebook that lead to his arrest.
The theft didn’t even come to the Jenkins City Police Department’s attention until the photo was posted on Facebook and started circulating around the small town of Jenkins that has barely more than 2,000 residents.
Of course Baker, being the mature human being that he is, is still getting a good laugh about it all. The photo has been removed, but he’s already commented on his page, “yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook.” And when a friend inquired about the photo (since he hadn’t seen it), Baker responded with, “yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.”
We guess if you live in a small town like Jenkins, this sort of excitement could be seen as humorous. It’s a good thing Baker didn’t siphon the gas during summer, when prices are expected to hit an all-time high, he’d be hit with grand theft!
[Source: The Smoking Gun]
This should go without saying, but if you commit a crime, don’t post anything that links you to that illegal act on your Facebook page. Case in point: the guy who thought it would be a good idea to post a picture to his Facebook that showed him posing with the car he just stole.
Matthew Adam Thompson and his friend Samuel James Clayton Harvey, both of Cary, N.C., stole a Mercedes-Benz vehicle from a car dealership. Apparently proud of his accomplishment, Thompson decided it would be a good idea to post a picture to his Facebook profile that showed him and his partner in crime in the parking lot of his apartment complex posing with their latest acquisition. Someone must have tipped off the cops, and the police busted them on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, possession of cocaine and felony conspiracy.
This just goes to show that not everything that happens in your life should be posted on Facebook – just ask this BMW salesman. Some things are best kept to yourself.
A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia saw his Ferrari get auctioned off by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, after they seized the vehicle for excessive speed in September.
The Ferrari was racing a BMW M6 in the north end of Vancouver, and was clocked traveling 124 mph in a zone designated for speeds of around 40 mph. Reports state that the Ferrari narrowly missed a mother and her children.
Provincial laws allow the police to seize and take possession of vehicles involved in excessive speeding or reckless driving incidents. The Scuderia ended up selling for $306,000, with the money divided between the vehicle’s owner and the government in an 80/20 split. The BMW M6 will be auctioned sometime next week.
[Source: The Province]