I do not know that this is a wise idea as it is mostly illegal to have
a screen on in front while dirving whether you are watching it or not.
Hardware wise it would not be hard to overcome.
No idea if it's TRUE, but my daughter claims that in CA, her visor mounted
screen on the passenger side is ok IF there is someone in the right side seat..
I think it would be a bit different if it was a dash mounted one that the driver
could see easily?
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on Tuesday 17 July 2007 10:16 am, someone posing as dan took a rock and
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...interesting. I wonder what the interpretation of item (b)(5) is.
I mean, my DVD player has an interlock, and disables the video playback
while the car is in drive. However, the installer bypassed the interlock.
That isn't covered in the vehicle code explicitly.
27602. (a) A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a television
receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other,
similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal
that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is
located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the
driver's seat, or is operating and visible to the driver while driving the
(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to the following equipment when installed
in a vehicle:
(1) A vehicle information display.
(2) A global positioning display.
(3) A mapping display.
(4) A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver's view
forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the purpose of
maneuvering the vehicle.
(5) A television receiver, video monitor, television or video screen, or any
other, similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video
signal, if that equipment has an interlock device that, when the motor
vehicle is driven, disables the equipment for all uses except as a visual
display as described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive.
(6) A mobile digital terminal installed in a vehicle owned or operated by an
electrical corporation, as defined in Section 218 of the Public Utilities
Code, a local publicly owned electric utility, as defined in Section 9604
of that code, a gas corporation, as defined in Section 222 of that code, or
a telephone corporation, as defined in Section 234 of that code, if the
mobile digital terminal is fitted with an opaque covering that does not
allow the driver to view any part of the display while driving, even though
the terminal may be operating.
(c) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a mobile digital terminal installed in
an authorized emergency vehicle or to a motor vehicle providing emergency
road service or roadside assistance.
(d) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a mobile digital terminal installed in
a vehicle owned or operated by an electrical corporation, as defined in
Section 218 of the Public Utilities Code, a local publicly owned electric
utility, as defined in Section 9604 of that code, a gas corporation, as
defined in Section 222 of that code, or a telephone corporation, as defined
in Section 234 of that code, when the vehicle is deployed in an emergency
to respond to an interruption or impending interruption of electrical,
natural gas, or telephone service.
Amended Sec. 1, Ch. 303, Stats. 2003. Effective January 1, 2004.
Amended Sec. 31, Ch. 615, Stats. 2004. Effective January 1, 2005.
Take a look at the very first section. It covers your system. Kind of
like the fact that your vehicle may be capable of 100 MPH, BUT that
doesn't make it legal to drive that fast.
If it can display video other than the allowed it is illegal if you can
see it while in the drivers seat and the vehicle is in motion.
I used to live in Japan. All the DVD systems there work while the vehicle
is in motion and drivers all seem to be watching TV while driving. Very
bizarre indeed. Wonder why they don't have more wrecks. Maybe because in
most developed countries the drivers actually have to demo some skill.
Guess that's why we have idiots in the left lane doing 10 less than the
limit. OK Bubba - off the soapbox.
Though I do not want to get into a debate over this, I will provide a
little insight. I am a former Mobile Electronics installer and can
tell you with all certainty that to have a "video" system operating
that is viewable by the driver in most states it ILLEGAL. This means
a center mounted unit being used for other than navigation purposes, a
sun visor screen, an overhead, a rear view mirror screen, etc.
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