Drivers who wear headphones while they are behind the wheel could face fines, under a bill being introduced at the Capitol.
The bill from state Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) would ban the use of earbuds or headphones that cover both ears while driving. The Marshfield Republican says it’s based on concerns he’s heard from law enforcement, but the issue is something he’s also started to notice on his own since it was brought to his attention. “I had actually been out…and there was a fire truck that came down the road, and somebody pulled out, and didn’t even see (the truck), and they had headphones on.”
Spiros says the devices are just another form of distracted driving. “I would just think common sense would tell you that, having both ears covered, you can’t really hear what’s going on around you.”
First time offenders would face fines of up to $40, while a second offense in the same year could result in a $100 fine.