With technology at our fingertips every minute of every day, you may wonder, “Is it legal to wear headphones while driving in PA?” After all, we live in an age of distraction. It is all around us. While writing this article, for instance, I was distracted by a text message, a phone call, and a neighbor. Technology is the main source of distraction today. This is a serious matter, however, when it comes to driving. The NHTSA reports that distracted driving took over 3,000 lives in 2017 alone. Hooked on texting and tweeting, today’s Americans can cause quite a lot of danger on the road. We know it is illegal to text and drive. But is it legal to wear headphones while driving in PA?
Dual Ear Headsets
Wearing headphones is commonplace in today’s society. While this entertaining or educational pastime may be enjoyable, or increase the efficiency of your day, it is not to be engaged in behind the wheel of a car here in Pennsylvania. Wearing headphones is illegal while driving in PA. Nor does it matter that you may not be listening to anything at the time.
Is a headset with sound in just one ear legal?
If the headset only provides sound through one ear, it is legal. For example, the use of a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through one ear – such as a blue tooth device—and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear is legal. And, since it serves the purpose of safety, the use of communication equipment by the driver of an emergency vehicle or by motorcycle operators complying with the statute relating to protective equipment for motorcycle riders is legal as well. The use of hearing aids or other devices for improving the hearing of the driver are legal as well.