Lawyer cited for wearing earphones while driving in Trumbull County

WARREN — The traffic violation handed to Atty. Michael Rossi on Tuesday demonstrates that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Rossi, of Warren, was pulled over for speeding at 11:52 p.m. on West Market Street, but the Warren patrolman also noticed that he was wearing headphones while listening to the radio.

The officer explained to Rossi that Ohio law prevents drivers from wearing earphones or earplugs while operating a motor vehicle.

He further explained the law does allow the use of one earphone, such as a Bluetooth system for a telephone or a hands-free headset that typically includes a single earphone and a microphone.

Rossi said Tuesday he found the situation embarrassing, but he doesn’t have a problem with the citation.

“I was wrong,” Rossi said, adding that he doesn’t regularly use the headphones but was using his wife’s car and was unfamiliar with the radio. He was listening to a Cleveland Indians game.

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