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    Display Law in Tennessee

    I saw similar thead regarding display law in California, and I wanted to share what I found about Tennessee.

    I wrote email to Department of Safety, Captain Michael Walker and this is what I got. I got this email on 12-4-2003.

    I have pasted below the state law pertaining to the installation of television screens "or other device of a similar nature", in motor vehicles. I think it would depend on the type of display, where it is installed, etc.

    55-9-105. Television in motor vehicles - Penalty - Law enforcement officers exempt.

    (a) No television screen or other device of a similar nature shall be installed or used in this state in any position or location in a motor vehicle where it may be visible to the driver, or where it may in any other manner interfere with the safe operation and control of the vehicle. It is unlawful for any person to install or cause to be installed a television screen or other device of a similar nature, in violation of the provisions of this section, or to operate upon the public highways, or sell within this state, any motor vehicle which has a television screen or other device of a similar nature installed in violation of the provisions of this section.

    (b) The prohibitions contained in this section do not apply to the following:
    (1) Electronic displays used in conjunction with vehicle navigation systems;
    (2) Closed circuit video monitors designed to operate only in conjunction with dedicated video cameras and used in rear-view systems on motor vehicles;
    (3) Television receivers or monitors used in government-owned vehicles by law enforcement officers in the course of their official duties; and
    (4) (A) Computer or other electronic displays or monitors used in utility vehicles by employees of the utility in the course of their official duties; provided, however, such use shall only be permitted while the vehicle is stopped, standing or parked.
    (B) As used in this subsection, "utility" means any person, municipality, county, metropolitan government, cooperative, board, commission, district, or any entity created or authorized by public act, private act or general law to provide electricity, natural gas, water, waste water services, telephone service or any combination thereof, for sale to consumers in any particular service area.
    (C) As used in subdivision (b)(4)(B), "cooperative" means any cooperative providing utility services, including, but not limited to, electric and/or telephone services.

    (c) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    (d) This section does not apply to local, state or federal law enforcement officers who are engaged in the performance of their official duties.

    [Acts 1955, ch. 40, 1, 2; T.C.A., 59-927; Acts 1989, ch. 591, 113; 1992, ch. 597, 1; 1994, ch. 877, 1; 2001, ch. 2, 1; 2002, ch. 524, 1



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    Captain Michael Walker, Director
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    1150 Foster Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37249-1000
    Email [email protected]
    Phone (615) 687-2400
    Fax (615) 253-2096
    From this email,
    1) It can be non-factory installed display.
    2) OK to have display if used for GPS or rearview cam.

    So I guess if you get pulled over make sure you have GPS screen on.
    I am also thinking about having a printout of this email in my car in case I need to explain this to a cop.

    I hope this help us Tennesseeans

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    Exclamation Um no.

    if I read that LETTER of the law, the DRIVER IS NOT SUPPOSE TO SEE THE SCREEN AT ALL. Note this part:

    No television screen or other device of a similar nature shall be installed or used in this state in any position or location in a motor vehicle where it may be visible to the driver, or where it may in any other manner interfere with the safe operation and control of the vehicle.

    Then it goes onto the install who CAN NOT INSTALL a screen to be VISABLE to the driver!

    It is unlawful for any person to install or cause to be installed a television screen or other device of a similar nature, in violation of the provisions of this section, or to operate upon the public highways, or sell within this state, any motor vehicle which has a television screen or other device of a similar nature installed in violation of the provisions of this section.

    So I think you are screwed if you are sitting alone in your car...to me it sounds like ANY TV SCREEN can not be visable to the driver. If you have kids in the back or the front passenger watching a movie or a GPS, it is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuprules
    if I read that LETTER of the law, the DRIVER IS NOT SUPPOSE TO SEE THE SCREEN AT ALL. Note this part:

    No television screen or other device of a similar nature shall be installed or used in this state in any position or location in a motor vehicle where it may be visible to the driver, or where it may in any other manner interfere with the safe operation and control of the vehicle.

    Then it goes onto the install who CAN NOT INSTALL a screen to be VISABLE to the driver!

    It is unlawful for any person to install or cause to be installed a television screen or other device of a similar nature, in violation of the provisions of this section, or to operate upon the public highways, or sell within this state, any motor vehicle which has a television screen or other device of a similar nature installed in violation of the provisions of this section.

    So I think you are screwed if you are sitting alone in your car...to me it sounds like ANY TV SCREEN can not be visable to the driver. If you have kids in the back or the front passenger watching a movie or a GPS, it is fine.
    Yes, that's what (a) states. But in (b)(1) it states,

    (b) The prohibitions contained in this section do not apply to the following:
    (1) Electronic displays used in conjunction with vehicle navigation systems.

    Which I understand (a) does not apply if I were to use the display for GPS.
    Or am I reading this wrong?

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    Yes but

    (b) The prohibitions contained in this section do not apply to the following:
    (1) Electronic displays used in conjunction with vehicle navigation systems;


    which is what I think ryuandwings was making reference to.

    ie if it is a navigation system or rear view camera screen you are alright.

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    Exclamation What if WINAMP is running?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Yes but

    (b) The prohibitions contained in this section do not apply to the following:
    (1) Electronic displays used in conjunction with vehicle navigation systems;


    which is what I think ryuandwings was making reference to.

    ie if it is a navigation system or rear view camera screen you are alright.

    Yes, but a computer is not a Navigational System ALL THE TIME...it is a computer running Windows. What if he has winamp in the background or he happend to be in the Windows Desktop when the cop pulls him over? Then it isn't a navigation system.

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    ^^^^
    If it is Winamp, it can be argued it is used as a vehicle sound system.

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    Well, because of the location of my display, I don't think anybody out side of my car can spot the display.
    So my thinking is that I could be doing whatever with the carputer (off course with some common sence) and worry about cop seeing the display when I get pulled over for other things. In that case I will make sure the GPS is displayed

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    this is why my carPC will not display winamp on the main VGA screen, but rather on a VFD. the main screen will not be able to display movies or the like and will have either nothing or the GPS map.
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    yeah well duhhh .... i think we are also banking on the fact that the COP doesnt REALIZE that hey .... this thing also has movies and **** on it ... hence why to change it to GPS ... and if u install it welll they wont
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    tell me what you gain by having winamp on your LCD monitor? nothing.


    I better play safe then having a federal officer take off my driver's liscence on a bad luck day.
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