The Traffic Stop

By MPD Officer Marla
June 10, 2015

Using Headphones in Vehicles — STO No. 103 No one may drive any vehicle on streets, alleys, or roadways of McPherson while wearing headphones, earphones, earbuds, etc., which in any way interfere with the driver’s ability to hear traffic noise, warning devices or signals.

It is a SAFETY issue when a driver cannot hear properly and fails to yield to emergency vehicles in a timely manner. Police, fire, and emergency medical services have vehicles fitted with emergency signals and sirens which may be difficult to hear in a well-insulated vehicle, and the difficulty is increased when a radio is on high volume. Sound pumped directly into the driver’s ears is also another example of distracted driving.

In McPherson use of these devices is a non- moving violation with a fine of $60 and court costs of $55.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address! Please PRIVATE MESSAGE MPD your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic. Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.

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