Why Using Headphones Is Illegal in Florida
Driving with headphones or any other headset device is not permitted in Florida. The use of cellular phones for verbal communications is also prohibited if it results in the driver's attention being diverted from the vehicle's operation. If caught driving with headphones on or using a cell phone, you may be subject to a fine. Here's how to stay safe from distracted driving.
The Accident Risks of Using Headsets While Driving
According to the National Safety Council, the percentage of fatal distraction-affected crashes involving cell phone use slightly decreased in 2019 to 13.4% compared to 13.5% in 2018. However, this slight decrease doesn't mean distracted driving crashes aren't still a significant problem.
Using headsets is just one form of distracted driving and has contributed to the distracted driving problem at large. Using any headset device can impair your hearing abilities while driving. For example, you may not be able to hear emergency vehicles or horns from other cars. This could put you and others in danger, so it's critical to keep your ears open while driving.
Are There Exceptions to the Rule?
There are very few exceptions for wearing headsets while driving in Florida. According to Florida Statute 316.304, "No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument of the improvement of defective human hearing." Other exceptions include persons involved in law enforcement equipped with communication devices needed to perform their duties or emergency vehicle operators equipped with ear protection devices. You can view the complete list of exceptions here.
Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? We Can Help.
Distracted driving accidents are among the most dangerous kinds of crashes. Not only can victims suffer catastrophic injuries, but the costs of medical treatments and therapies can be financially devastating. If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident, it is crucial to contact a personal injury lawyer. At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., we can help you understand your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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