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It’s raining today in Marquette, Mich where four pieces of paper sitting on a desk are causing a small car manufacturer in California to sweat.
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.
Colorado makes its way into the news every once in a while for having one of the friendliest hybrid and electric vehicle incentive programs of any state in the Union.
For those who qualify, the state subsidy and federal tex incentives can combine to make a Chevrolet Volt available for $18,145. That means the flagship Chevrolet extended-range EV is close to being on par with several compact cars. That’s fantastic for people who want to buy an EV, but an unintended side-effect of allowing for such heavy subsidy was saving leasing companies an awful lot of money.
What’s more, the people who actually saddle cost of ownership were being left out in the cold while the car’s owner collected. It didn’t take long for recently-elected state Representative Jonathan Singer to notice that and move to amend the rule.
Signed into law yesterday, Singer’s bill gives the right to those credits to the person leasing the vehicle and became effective immediately after Governor John Hickenlooper signed it.