“I have to ask, have you seen any drivers wearing earbuds/earphones while on the road?
I was at a stoplight at Fair Oaks Ave/Huntington Drive in South Pasadena when I took this picture of my rear-view mirror. It shows the driver behind me singing and bopping behind the wheel (apologies for the poor quality photograph). The photo doesn’t show it, but the driver behind me was wearing earbuds — I could clearly see two white wires leading up to her ears.
Isn’t it illegal in California for people to have headphones/earphones/earbuds while driving? I think it’s bad enough people still have their phones glued to their ears and textaholics are still on the road despite the laws, but do we really need to have people too preoccupied with their music to pay attention to the road?”
Yes, it is illegal for anyone operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle to wear a headset covering or earplugs in both ears. (California v.c. 27400) People operating emergency vehicles, the hearing impaired, and certain construction and maintenance personnel are exempt. Given that this person was dancing behind the wheel with headphones in her ears, I doubt she was hearing impaired. What, the radio isn’t good enough these days? You can also buy devices that can connect your MP3 players directly to your stereo system. So I would have to say that we have yet another selfish, apathetic, oblivious Angeleno driver on our hands, though I’m sure she would just call herself “laid back”. Maybe she’d like to chill out with a moving violation and 8 hours in traffic school.