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Is It Illegal to Drive with Earbuds in Atlanta, GA?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local, Safety, Tips & Advice on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 7:27 pm
Is it illegal to drive with earbuds in Atlanta, GA?, text on an image of a woman wearing earbuds behind the wheel

Hitting the open highway on a road trip is what summers are made for.  And the best thing to have along during the hours behind the wheel are good friends and of course good tunes.  But what do you do when it is your turn to drive and everyone else has fallen asleep?  You may be tempted to stick in your earbuds in or put on your headphones and jam out while allowing your travel companions to sleep.  If this is a solution that you have thought of before then you have also probably wondered if it is Illegal to drive with headphones on or earbuds in your ears in Atlanta, GA.  You can find out the answer below along with other odd Georgia laws you may not be aware of.

Can I Drive with Earbuds In?

Georgia State Statute says that it is illegal to drive with any device that impairs or inhibits hearing or vision.  So there is your answer, it is ILLEGAL to drive with headphones or earbuds inhibiting your hearing throughout the entire state of Georgia.  In contrast a Bluetooth communication device is perfectly legal to drive with because it allows drivers the ability to communicate while staying focused on the road.  In that same breath you can drive with a singular earbud in your ear because it does not inhibit you from hearing traffic and pedestrians around you.

Other Interesting Driving Laws in Georgia include….

  • It is LEGAL to drive barefoot in Georgia
  • It is ILLEGAL to text in a Car even while is Stopped at a Traffic Light
  • You CAN be Pulled Over for driving the Speed Limit

The “Slowpoke Law” mandates that motorists in the left lane MUST move over when a faster car approaches them, even if they are going the speed limit.

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