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    The fact is:

    At 70 mph you are traveling 102 feet per second. A two second look at the screen takes you over two hundered feet away from where you started looking. That is a very long distance not watching the road, for any reason.
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    No, the FACT is that he's already made up his mind that he's going to do it, he just wants us to approve.

    You're an adult, buddy, and I hope you stay safe. If you DO crash while watching Beyonce bump and grind in some music video, I hope you don't bring the law down on the rest of us who strive to keep our hobby safe.

    Just like that one dumbass pilot who took his passenger fumbling into the D.C. ADIZ. He's a real stud, in the sense that he's screwed the half a million US pilots in the *** because we'll probably have to pony up thousands to equip all our planes with Mode S to prevent this from happening again. It's just a matter of time before a bill shows up on the floor to this effect.
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    I find flipping through 3000 MP3s is just as dangerous.
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    Good point, any time you're looking at the screen and not the road is bad news. If you have to be using the touchscreen to scroll or point at things, that's just bat**** crazy in my eyes.

    As a result of my efforts to try and reduce the danger, I have a tactile interface that I use for like 99% of my carputer interactions. It's the ShuttleXpress, and I'm not the only guy using it. I can flip forward and back through songs, rewind, browse, everything just using a little knob and buttons in my center console without looking at the screen. After that, I just try to use good judgement in glancing at it when I'm stopped or going slow, but I know that I put my life in my hands every time I take my attention off the road.

    Anyone who believes otherwise is fooling themselves. There are people out there who don't understand the difference between 'No Risk' and 'Acceptable Levels of Risk', and then there are people who just don't have a grasp of what the risk actually is. I try not to fall into the latter group, and I TRY to get the right answer in the first one.

    Risk assessment is a big part of being a pilot, so I get to use those skills on some pretty high octane decisions, both figuratively and literally.
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    Here's a good one for you.

    In Washington State it is only illegal for the driver to watch broadcast TV!

    RCW 46.37.480
    (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle equipped with any television viewer, screen, or other means of visually receiving a television broadcast which is located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or which is visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle. This subsection does not apply to law enforcement vehicles communicating with mobile computer networks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastXR
    Here's a good one for you.

    In Washington State it is only illegal for the driver to watch broadcast TV!

    RCW 46.37.480
    (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle equipped with any television viewer, screen, or other means of visually receiving a television broadcast which is located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or which is visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle. This subsection does not apply to law enforcement vehicles communicating with mobile computer networks.

    good luck arguing this in court. and why would they put in the last part if they didn't mean video of any kind? cops don't watch TV in their car. the law may be a little outdated, and im sure when you kill someone because you were watching video, they will change the wording and probably make it read something like "No person shall drive any motor vehicle equipped with after market computer... blah blah"

    any way you cut it, it's a distraction to the driver.. which IS illegal.

    btw, anything hanging from the rear view mirror is illegal in many places.
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    Basically as far as I'm concerned, it is illegal to have moving imagery (video, big visualisation, etc) in driver's view when not parked. So unless you're retarded and are watching a movie while going down the highway, you should be ok. GPS is legal.

    Quite a few cops have seen my install and didn't say anything about it.

    PS: I firmly beleive that there should be no reason for you to watch video when driving. You can easilly buy cheap headrest screens ($30 ea) for your passangers to enjoy if you are that much concerned about it. Being entertained for a few hours is not worth putting somebody's life in danger.
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    wow, i guess you guys feel strongly about this...

    I guess I need to wire up my carpc&gps with some kind of "autopilot" capability so that I don't have to be bothered with the nuisance of having to keep my eyes on the road when I'm busy trying to watch a movie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    Since when is it legal to eat and drive? Maybe it's different in the US
    Yeah, I'm in the US, and since when is it ILLEGAL to eat and drive??? I mean, if you couldn't eat and drive, heck, half of the country would starve to death! (of course, with us overweight Americans, maybe this would be a good thing )

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    it's always been illegal to eat and drive in the US. it's just become socially acceptable.
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