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Ask HPD: Using Headphones While Driving

Question: Can I use my headphones while driving?

Answer: It is not illegal to use headphones while operating a vehicle, so long as you’re not manipulating the device while driving. However, the Honolulu Police Department discourages drivers from using headphones as they may become a distraction. Using headphones may also prevent drivers from hearing emergency vehicles. Please keep in mind that the law allows drivers to use a hands-free mobile electronic device such as a Bluetooth ear piece. By law, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use these devices unless calling 9-1-1. Drivers are encouraged to remove all distractions and pay attention to the road.

HRS - §291C-137 Mobile electronic devices

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