Listening to music while driving has been common ever since auto manufacturers
started including radios in their vehicles in the early 1930s. From music
to audiobooks, drivers have long enjoyed listening to the radio as entertainment
during their morning commutes and road trips. While listening to the radio
while driving is perfectly legal, can the same be said for using headphones
or earbuds while behind the wheel? Not so fast.
In the state of Illinois, it is illegal for drivers to operate a motor
vehicle while wearing a “headset receiver.” Under Chapter
12 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, a headset receiver is defined as any
device other than a hearing aid that is worn on a person’s head
and enables them to receive electronic communications. The only exceptions
to this rule include Bluetooth earpieces that are worn in a single ear
for telephone communication, intercom-equipped motorcycle helmets, and
headsets used by emergency responders and construction workers.
Why are Headphones Illegal?
Headphones, earbuds, or other in-ear audio sources can create a considerable
distraction for drivers and limit their situational awareness. Listening
to music through headphones can make it difficult for drivers to concentrate
on the road or hear approaching sirens or other important traffic sounds
that would otherwise be audible if they were listening to the radio. As
such, drivers who are caught using headphones while driving can face a
maximum $500 fine and be held liable for any damages they should cause
in the event of a collision.
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