Earplugs Not Legal in Calif.?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Sailorlite, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz domodnatrix Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Yes. Are you the new West forum mod? :lol3
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    This isn't my section. I just come here to stir up trouble.
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  4. spiderman302

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    Above 120db begins the threshold of pain and higher hearing damage.... you take your chances..... 120db is 1,000,000,000,000:1
    I always wear foam ear plugs to save what I have left of my hearing......
    If you loose your hearing there is no recovery.....
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    This is like the rotopax thread....keep calm folks, and ride on.
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    Sfcootz domodnatrix Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    And wear your ear plugs. :lol3
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  7. TUCKERS

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    YES..you can wear earplugs in California.

    You could print out the statute and keep it with your registration

    or

    if you get a ticket take it to court

    or

    direct the LEO to the statute at the stop (doesn't always fly)
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  8. Schmokel

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  9. jonz

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    27400d was modified before I retired (CHP) in 2012. The section used to specify custom earplugs and a woman legislator from the bay area struck the word 'custom' from the section and the legislative intent was to allow disposable ear plugs. A Dutch study found that at any speed above 30 or so mph, the ability to hear all sounds was improved because the ear plugs removed more wind noise (which masks sounds like horns and sirens) than the other sounds. Maybe someone has a link to that study for the specifics.
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  10. HarveyM

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    It might be this one-
    Warning signal detection and the acoustic environment of the motorcyclist.

    Binnington JD, McCombe AW, Harris M.

    Br J Audiol. 1993 Dec;27(6):415-22.

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    Snipped from the abstract:
    'The minimum detection level (MDL) of four traffic warning signals was then measured in 19 normal hearing subjects for three test conditions: no helmet, helmet and helmet with earplugs.' 'The addition of earplugs led to significant reductions in MDLs at sound levels equivalent to speeds of 40 mph, or greater.'
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  11. WJBertrand

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    I believe this. If I leave my plugs out the wind noise is so loud I can’t hear my music without turning it up from where I have when using plugs to drown out the wind noise. Double bad for your hearing.
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    Anyone else stop to think that a deaf person can get a driver's license to ride or drive a car? Or how about the fact that there is no hearing test when obtaining a license?
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    Looks like blind people can too, sometimes around here.
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    Instant blindness, put a windshield in front of them.
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    Yup, have a friend who is 100% deaf (and through her a number of acquaintances who are also). She has a license and can drive just fine, but minor traffic stops can be quite an ordeal for her. She's been hauled to jail several times as the patrol officers never believe her. Doesn't help that she's a person of color.
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    The deaf gal I knew carried a card with her license that she could show if pulled over. The card explained her condition and she also used her phone with blazing fast fingers to write in the note app.
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    Yup, she has the same. But try being young and black and deaf in LA.

    YRMV
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    Hmmm... The Man cite me for protecting my hearing? I'll take that chance...
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  20. semper-guzzi

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    I was actually pulled over today by CHP. For, well, going slightly above the limit, and he saw me pull off my helmet and take put my ear plugs. He told me it was illegal, and gave me a warning, about hearing sirens and what not, which led me to do research and find this thread. I think by the letter of the law, I'm legal, because wind noise is dangerous, and I still heard his sirens. If I ever get cited for ear plugs, I think I will fight it in court, I'll continue to wear them.
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