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    Got a ticket for my monitor

    Well, we were on our way up to Falgstaff for some skiing and I got a ticket for my monitor up front. I got the ticket for my flip down not the one in my dash. I did not get the 'live video' ticket but an 'obstruction of view' ticket. I am thinking he gave me this because they can concider just about anything as an obstruction of view. Kind of sucks but I guess thats what I get for using it in town. Next time I will wait untill I get out of town before I use it. I live in Phoenix so I just have to sit through an eight hour class and the ticket will be dropped, oh and I have to pay $120 for the class. Live and learn.
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    what was on your screen when he pulled you?
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    Lmfao!

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    Thumbs down

    Quote Originally Posted by ŠuTcH
    Lmfao!
    Yo Dutch, why are you laughing? I guess in Aussie-land you don't have to worry about anal-constricted police officers like we do over here do you?
    Let's play this back. Cybuch has to take an 8 HOUR course taught by professional instructors about how not to obstruct your view while driving. I guess that class is scheduled right after the 12 hour class about the dangers of closing your eyes while driving.............( I wonder if you can get a discount off your insurance afterwards..........sign me up!)

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    I would plead not guilty.
    Just to try, you have nothing to lose.

    Goodluck and watch for those cops that like to give tickets while they should be finding killers and criminals instead of messing with us computer geeks.

    And our tax money goes towards cops pulling people over for having LCD's? What a waste of tax payer money.

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    not to say i'm right but i should find the insurance thread where everyone said it was ok to have a lcd up front if it was a static image.

    here is what you do.. hook up your lcd so it only comes on when the parking brake is on and plead not guilty and say you fixed your screen
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    Insurance issues - two different parts

    First let me state that I am speaking of insurance in the State of Ohio, USA. I have been an insurance agent for 18 years now.

    If any of you have been to my website, you have seen the system in my car. Yes, it is completely monted in the car. Yes there is a touch screen in view, and touch of the driver. Yes, the touch screen is removable. I had two concerns: First, coverage for the system in event of damage from an accident, and theft Second: Liability issues.

    Contacted our claims department and asked them about coverage for the system. I was told to put on our Stereo/Electronics endorsement to cover my system. Cost in my case was $35 per six months for $1,500 of coverage. IN OHIO there is an exclusion for laptops or any other electronic devices that are not "factory installed" or are not "PERMANANTLY INSTALLED" in the vehicle. I have had laptops since 1987 (they were big back then, if any of you remember the old Toshiba T3100's), and I always knew if the laptop was stolen from my car, there would be no coverage (something to keep in mind if you are using a laptop system). So, the key is that they are "permanantly installed", then you can check with your own company to see if they offer an endorsement to cover your system in the car.

    Second issue that is brought into the picture here in Ohio, is that in the event of an accident, companies try to establish percent of fault. A true example is: Winter 2003 had a client heading south on ST RT 23. This is a divided four lane open road with no traffic lights, on ramps, etc.... It was night time and my insured was driving in his established lane at the speed limit. Another driver was headed west bound on a cross road. This driver cut across north bound RT 23 and pulled right in front of my client in the south bound lane. My client had the "right of way". They hit, and my clients car was totaled. The other driver was given a ticket for the accident. The other drivers company did an investigation and found my client was partially at fault (I forget the percent), because he should have seen the other driver pulling in front of him. Therefore, the only paid a percentage of my clients damage. All companies I know of in Ohio are using this tactic to reduce the amount they have to pay out in the event of a claim. I don't agree with it in this situation, but it is the way it is. The reason for this story, even if you are doing nothing wrong, if other companies can show any percentage of fault for an accident, it saves them money. Therefore, you computer screens could well end up being fuel for the other company to show some form of inattention while driving.


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    It was playing a DVD but the screen can turn from side to side and it was turned to my wife in the passenger seat. But thats not what he gave me the ticket for. He said it hangs too low and it blocks my view out the front window, but it does not hang any lower than my rear view mirror. I would take my chances and fight it but I get a discount on my insurance because I am in the perfered group and any kind of ticket will get me kicked out of the perfered group and my insurance will go up. Even if I get a ticket for a burnt tail light, it really sucks! My wife works at the city and she asked around about the whole 'obstruction of view' and the cop is the expert and just about anything can be concidered an abstruction of view even a conversation with your passenger! I would think the laptops in the cop cars would also be concidered a distraction but I guess not. I am glad someone thinks it is funny! We were on a trip and the screen was not in my view but the cop decided to be difficult about the whole thing and give me a ticket and now to avoid paying out the *** for insurance I have to go to a stupid class on a saturday. If I fight it there is a chance I will lose and if I go to the class it will be wiped off my record, so I will do the class.
    One way or an other it all comes down to money! Its not the screen that is again the law, so they found another way to get us.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batmanatthenewb
    Therefore, you computer screens could well end up being fuel for the other company to show some form of inattention while driving.

    that leads right up to my discussion in this thread

    Insurance

    Everyone in that thread disagreed but reality hasn't hit them yet. If you have a computer monitor in your front seat and its proven to be on during the time of an accident part of the blame will be put on you. If not the whole blame. Its just a risk we all take
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    as for coverage in Ohio, I had my carputer stolen out of my car, (computer, monitor, gps, everything) and it was covered under my renter's insurance. I'm no expert on insurance by any means, but I was very happy to get my window fixed and about half of what the system was worth after my deductable.

    EDIT: For what it's worth, I believe my system qualified as "permanently installed" because it was a desktop system and was all wired into my car.

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