SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – If you’re used to commuting with earbuds, heads-up: it’s now illegal to drive or bike with them in your ears – even if there’s no music playing.
The new state law, which went into effect Jan. 1, even prohibits you from wearing them on top of your ears.READ MORE: 'Just Trying To Do Good': Modesto Junior College Professor Runs To Support Struggling Students
It’s already been illegal to wear headphones or earplugs while driving and biking for several years.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Northbound I-5 Lanes Near Highway 50 Connector In Sacramento
This new law specifies earbuds.
The law excludes people operating construction equipment and emergency vehicles, as well as anyone wearing a hearing aid.MORE NEWS: How Fast Is Too Fast? As California Starts to Reopen, COVID Risk Still Remains
Technically, it’s still legal to only wear one earbud and drive or bike. But if you pop in the other one and get caught, the fine can be as high as $160.