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Re: You can't wear earplugs while riding in California...


That law was changed:

Ear Plugs

[Note: At the close of 2003, the California legislature passed a bill which allows non-custom (i.e., foam) earplugs to be worn by motorcyclists. The updated version of the relevant code is posted here.]

For those concerned about hearing damage, and who therefore wear earplugs when riding, here is the law as it pertains to you.

27400. A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. This prohibition does not apply to any of the following:

(a) A person operating authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in Section 165.

(b) A person engaged in the operation of either special construction equipment or equipment for use in the maintenance of any highway.

(c) A person engaged in the operation of refuse collection equipment who is wearing a safety headset or safety earplugs.

(d) A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels. The plugs or molds shall be designed in a manner so as to not inhibit the wearer's ability to hear a siren or horn from an emergency vehicle or a horn from another motor vehicle.

(e) A person using a prosthetic device that aids the hard of hearing.
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