Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on wearing of headphones while operating a vehicle.

It is against the law to wear headphones while operating a vehicle. Why? So you can hear what’s going on around you. That could be horns and emergency vehicle sirens.

Florida State Statute 316.304, covers this infraction. It states: No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.

There are some exemptions, such as law enforcement officer equipped with any communication device necessary in performing his or her assigned duties or to any emergency vehicle operator equipped with any ear protection device, person operating a motorcycle who is using a headset that is installed in a helmet and worn so as to prevent the speakers from making direct contact with the user’s ears so that the user can hear surrounding sounds, person using a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear, person using a headset in conjunction with communicating with the central base operation that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear.

A violation of this statute is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a nonmoving violation.

Traffic Crash weekly summary:

Monday April 22 through Sunday April 28, 2019, there were 73 traffic crashes worked by the Cape Coral Police Department.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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