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    Can anyone speak to the legality of watching movies in a dash mounted display, particularly with respect to New Jersey?

  • #2
    Don't do it.

    It's illegal almost everywhere, most of us are fighting to have our static GPS/music lists/etc recognized as kosher. You will find very little sympathy or understanding from Johnny Law regarding video. If you feel that you MUST play video, you do so with the understanding that it is A: Easy to notice and B: stands a good chance of getting your *** pulled over and ticketed, whether or not it's technically against the law where you are.
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    • #3
      it will be considered as a distraction to the driver. don't do it.
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      • #4
        Chairboy correct me if I am wrong but when they made the laws concerning video in view of the driver didn't they deam a frame count? I believe they defined video as something that changes so many frames per second. That is how manufactures have gotten away with the large screens. The image does not change fast enough. I have never looked up the laws on in motion video but that is what I remember reading somewhere years ago when the monitors really became popular.

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        • #5
          i disagree.

          three words, GPS. GPS is perfectly legal in new jersey any way. cops wont waste time pulling you over on the highway witch is when u most likely will be watching. lil tint on the windows would help too. i wouldnt advice staring at your screen at a light with matrix blaring out, but if you ever got pulled over you can easily switch your screen over to gps, or even just a screensaver or something creative.
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          • #6
            all it takes is one death because some idiot was watching a video while driving to make the whole world hate our cause. DON'T DO IT. don't try and find a loop hole. if you need to watch something, pull over.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by fantomas
              all it takes is one death because some idiot was watching a video while driving to make the whole world hate our cause. DON'T DO IT. don't try and find a loop hole. if you need to watch something, pull over.

              what about the passengers? and traffic jams?

              I think its old school thinking, and pretechnological thinking that would ban this activity.
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              • #8
                In the end, it's your decision. We can't tell you what you can and cannot do. We can ask that you please not do something that will endanger our hobby, but the decision lies with you.

                BTW, the laws are different on a state by state basis, so I find it unlikely that there's a 'framerate' provision that applies to everyone. There might be in your local neck of the woods, but no such language exists in California or Oregon. The language here is simple, that the driver must not be able to see video. The problem is, some of the police interpret the law differently and some of us have been ticketed for having GPS up with the rationale that it being aftermarket was somehow relevant to whether or not the law applied.

                Even if you use your computer for straight up music or GPS, you run the risk of being given an unjust ticket that you have to spend your time and money fighting. Most of us accept that risk. That aside, I'm pretty sure that watching a movie in the front seat will be legally risky just about everywhere.

                You don't have to convince ME, you have to convince the guy who hasn't decided if he's going to pull you over yet.

                Regarding ltrain's question, the law usually doesn't care. If the driver CAN see it, it is usually considered in violation of the law, whether or not he WAS watching in. In California, the law is even so restrictive that a passenger cannot watch a movie on a laptop.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ltrain1007
                  what about the passengers? and traffic jams?
                  Have a second screen in the back, and use the handbrake switch light to enable/disable video playback.

                  It's stupid and dangerous, full stop to have the video playing in your line of sight while your driving. While you are driving you need to have 100% of your concentration on the road to stand any chance of being 100% safe.
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                  • #10
                    next thing you know, u wont be able to drive and eat or drink while driving . . . anything you do behind the wheel is dangerous, some people are dangerous when just driving alone, im not a thrill seeker, and i dont take many risks.

                    Imo one can drive and have video on, and be safe. maybe everyone cant, but many can. and many do.

                    but i wont argue the law, or what you feel is safe, im just sstating my opinion : )
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ltrain1007
                      next thing you know, u wont be able to drive and eat or drink while driving . . . anything you do behind the wheel is dangerous, some people are dangerous when just driving alone, im not a thrill seeker, and i dont take many risks.

                      Imo one can drive and have video on, and be safe. maybe everyone cant, but many can. and many do.

                      but i wont argue the law, or what you feel is safe, im just sstating my opinion : )
                      Since when is it legal to eat and drive? Maybe it's different in the US

                      Well, you're entitled to your opinion, fair enough.









                      You're still wrong though
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                      • #12
                        yep

                        Originally posted by stevieg
                        You're still wrong though
                        I almost missed that


                        i dont know, im gonna do what im gonna do, i dont really abide by laws that i disagree with but i still am safe. i just feel like its the new thing and everyone is freaking out about it because its illlogical right now due to previous assumptions and ways of life. for example, motorcylces, when they first came out, they werent that fast, but when they decided to make the face and even race bikes, everyone was like hey hey hey ! thats dangerous dont do that, well now, today they do it, and is it still dangerous? yes. IMO more dangerous than me watchin my soutpark dvd while in a traffic jam.
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                        • #13
                          WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU BE WATCHING VIDEOS WHEN DRIVING?!?!?!???

                          As far as I know, and maybe I'm just being crazy, but I though t you were supposed to look at the road while driving! It is just purely **stupid** to watch a movie/video or any motion video while driving!!! - the only place video belongs is for your passengers, and even a passenger watching a video displayed on the dash WILL distract the driver!

                          - I mean seriously, you really have to ask if it is legal to look at a a video while you are in control of 2000-3000 pounds going 70 miles down the road ?

                          Please, please! don't drive in any part of the country I am located !
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sxt173
                            WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU BE WATCHING VIDEOS WHEN DRIVING?!?!?!???
                            chase:!

                            why the hell would you ride a motorcycle? or do tricks on them?




                            going 70 watching the video is something i never said i would do. but in certaion situations i wouldnt have problem with it. goign 70 i can have a movie on or a standup comedy dvd on, chappele show or whatever, im not stupid, i know how to use judgement, you obviously dont, so its best that YOU dont drive in MY area.


                            im in new york alot, so ill see u some time


                            Just to anger people more, i also have nintendo and genesis on my comptuer, im not going to try to play it while driving but that doesnt mean i wont let my passengers. i dont care what they are playing im not gonna look and get distracted, and to be blunt, most people will be more distracted by a sexy girl walking down the street.
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                            • #15
                              I think having video screen (playing movie) within the driver view while in motion is illegal everywhere in the world. It is the basic common safety while operating a vehicle.
                              Now doing it or not is up to you. If you get pullover, you get ticket or whatever the penalty is.
                              Use your common sense. It is okay if you get kill while doing it, but you are not the only one on the road.

                              BTW, I want to make the use of serial and ebrake to disable video playin in VGA screen (main) while allow movie playing on the composite screen from the dual output of the A7N8X mobo (VGA and Composite). Time do do some coding .
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