Can you drive while wearing headphones?

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2018 | Traffic Violations

Driving is a relatively mundane task and many people search for ways to multitask or pass the time. People have been known to use their phones, eat, drink and even apply makeup or do their hair while driving, all of which could fall under the umbrella of distracted driving.

On a safer side, most people listen to music or even podcasts while driving. But what if you do not have a car that connects to your phone? Can you still listen to your music with headphones while driving? Is this considered distracted driving in Georgia?

Wearing headphones

In many cases it is illegal to wear headphones while driving in Georgia. The law states headphones cannot impair hearing or vision while driving. This means, drivers cannot listen to music, videos or podcasts through headphones while driving, however Bluetooth headsets and other communication-type devices are allowed. Additionally, drivers can only use one earphone when using headphones for communication.

Georgia is one of the few states in the country to have a regulation regarding headphone use.

Other illegal actions while driving

Besides wearing headphones, there are a few other distracted driving habits that could get you a ticket in Georgia such as:

  • Texting and driving – in Georgia this now encompasses pressing any buttons and even simply holding your phone while driving
  • Eating while driving

In all cases, distracted driving is dangerous to both you and other drivers on the road. If you were pulled over and given a ticket for any type of distracted driving such as wearing headphones or eating while driving, you may want to consult an attorney to evaluate your options.

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