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Lawyer cited for wearing earphones while driving in Trumbull County

Published: Wed, August 10, 2011 @ 10:29 a.m.

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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1WilliamP(70 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

How is this news? Nothing else newsworthy in the Valley I guess.

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2NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Because it's always fun to point at an attorney and laugh. Almost as fun as cow-tipping.

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3foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

our life is not our own, ppl are always telling u what to do. name the BIG deal

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4sonnype(106 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I guess giving out traffic tickets brings in revenue whereas trying dope dealers and killers cost money so guess where the priorties are

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

"Rossi, of Warren, was pulled over for speeding"

How fast was he going ? Who cares about the earphones .

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6saddad(655 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Listening to the Indians game..? Who would believe that!

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7peacelover(839 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Did they win?

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