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Ipod's and Bike Riding harrassed by the cops...

Old 05-10-10, 08:34 AM
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Ipod's and Bike Riding harrassed by the cops...

I stared riding w/ my ipod this year on my longer rides. I use (1) ear piece in my right ear and leave the other stuck inside my jersey. I was on a ride down the St Augustine, FL and was pulled over my a cop who didn't give me a ticket, but told me that I shouldn't be riding with the ipod at all. That I was limiting my ability to hear the traffic coming up behind me. I got a bit irritated with him stopping me and lecturing me on something that is not against the law. I kept my mouth shut as this went on for about 15 min. I asked him if I was breaking laws and he said no, but they were trying to put the word out. Now, I was getting pissed. He said he was letting me go w/ a warning (once again, I was not breaking any laws). Fortunately, had a call and left as he was leaving he saw me put the ear piece back in my ear, he flipped on his PA and told me that I "needed to rip the ipod out or he was going to write me up" As a law abiding citizen I sucked up to this "expletive" I took it out. He took off and I waited til he was gone and started jamming out again.

I am not aware of any laws being broken here. He was a city cop and I was just inside the St Augustine city limits.I figured he was bored and wanted to mess w/ someone and I just was in the wrong place and the wrong time or maybe he had to switch to DeCaf and was suffering the caffeine withdrawls.

Has anyone been "harassed" by the cops for using an Ipod while riding? Is anyone aware of any laws in FL regarding ipod and bike riding? I'm not aware of any. I see many riders using them.

Thanks!
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Old 05-10-10, 08:41 AM
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If its not against the law how can he write you up?
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Old 05-10-10, 08:42 AM
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Well that's pretty stupid.

Eff 'em.
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https://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html


near the bottom, it appears to be illegal.

Headsets (see Section 316.304, F.S.)

A bicyclist may not wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device other than a hearing aid when riding. Wearing a headset blocks out important audio clues needed to detect the presence of other traffic.
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Old 05-10-10, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
If its not against the law how can he write you up?
He'll learn when he gets to court.
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Old 05-10-10, 08:43 AM
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Check the city laws and find out. It may not be against state or county law, but the city might be different.
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I would of demanded he ticket me for something that isn't illegal. I'm guessing he would have shut up and drove off.
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Originally Posted by Yaniel View Post
https://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html


near the bottom, it appears to be illegal.
I think this about sums up the legality part of this discussion.
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basically the OP just got lucky the cop didn't know it was illegal.
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It's illegal to operate a vehicle with a headset or headphones in Florida. If you are on a bike on a public road, then you are subject to the same laws that the other vehicles are. So yes, it is illegal to listen to your iPod while riding your bike on the road.
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FL. sucks.
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you did the right thing just taking it. I would never argue with a cop, rather keep quiet, let them say what they want to say and then go on your way.
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Mount some speakers on your handlebars and let 'em rip.
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it's for your own safety.
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Funnily, I had the opposite happen to me. I have been in Oman for the past couple of months on a consulting gig, and been doing a decent amount of riding here with my headphones on.

The second week I was here, I was motoring along and passed a parked Royal Oman Police cruiser parked along by the side of the road. After about 5 min, I see him slowly drive by me and pull over 50m ahead and gets out of the car.

Now, Oman has some pretty funky road rules - you get ticketed for having a dirty car, and also for not slowing down and putting your hazards on when driving over a wet patch of road. So I was pretty certain I was going to get a ticket for something or the other.

As I approach him, I make eye contact to see if he wants me to pull over or anything - he gives me a big smile and a thumbs up instead. Several times since then, I have had cops wave at me while on the road.

I like Oman - lovely country and great to be back here.

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Originally Posted by kayakdiver View Post
I would of demanded he ticket me for something that isn't illegal. I'm guessing he would have shut up and drove off.
You don't want to argue with some dumb cop. He could just as easily write you up for running some real or imaginary stop sign.
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Originally Posted by vladvm View Post
it's for your own safety.
Thanks for the tip..
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Originally Posted by Yaniel View Post
https://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html


near the bottom, it appears to be illegal.
Whoop there it is..

that should pretty much settle it.

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it's for your own safety.
Oh stop.
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Most states seem to have laws about wearing headphones when driving a car.... I was always curious why it was then OK to have a BlueTooth headset in for talking on the phone while driving. Oh wait.... politicians write laws, makes sense now.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
You don't want to argue with some dumb cop. He could just as easily write you up for running some real or imaginary stop sign.
why does it have to be a "dumb" cop? he was actually a nice cop for not ticketing him hen he could've.
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OP.... I dont think he did anything wrong. While you were upset about being stopped, I am sure his intentions were good. He might have been a fellow cyclist? Did you ask? I am sure that he was just trying to make sure you didnt get smeared. Quit whinning
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I can hear tire screeching and honking through my headphones that also block about 25db of outside noise, since they are in-canal ear plugs.

Honestly, it doesn't matter if you hear the car coming up behind you or not. If you're in its path, you're still going to get run down.

And you'll hear the more dangerous ones regardless of what you're using. Trucks and generally big vehicles generate a lot of noise compared to smaller cars.

Exceptions are trolley buses and electric cars. AKA Silent Death on wheels.
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Funny how cyclists love to ***** and moan about people driving impaired (text/blabber and drive), but if you call out a cyclist for blocking out the environment he's in, it's unholy sacrilege.

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the wind buffeting noise cancels out a lot of environmental noises anyways.
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