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    Legality: screens legal? -- yes. Legal in Ohio. (read more)

    I have contacted the Ohio State Highway Patrol to verify if there are any legalities with screens mounted on the dash or in vision of the driver.

    good news citizens of Ohio USA:!

    Officer John wrote:
    ****** <*******@dps.state.oh.us>to wwwOHP, me, Robert
    9:21 am (11 minutes ago)

    There is no law against a GPS unit or video screens on the dash that may be viewed by the driver except those vehicles in commercial use.



    0okami wrote:
    >>> "0okami" <ookami.digital@gmail[email protected]> 02/16 10:16 AM >>>
    Email Address: [email protected]
    Question/Comment: Hi Patrol Team!
    I'm a major computer geek... and I need some advice ^_^

    Me and my friends online are putting together custom made computers in our vehicles for GPS navigation, OBD-II diagnostics/monitoring and many multimedia capabilities equal to that of notebook/desktop computers. These computers feature slide-out LCD touch screens.

    My question is on the legality of dash mounting the display of these units where the OEM radio once was. I know newer cars are coming with these systems already from factory, but we want to design our own machines for the cars we own today.

    I hear in most States it is illegal to have the display showing video while the vehicle is in motion (thats totally understandable!) But does that also include using the device for GPS navigation?

    While checking the Ohio Revised Code, I didn't quite find anything relevant which said "dont do it". So I thought "who better to ask than the Patrol them self!"

    ^_^
    Any advice on this subject you can provide me with will be extreamly helpful to me and others venturing into these techno-projects.

    Thank you so much for your time!
    ~0okami.Digital

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    Where you really concerned that navigation screens would be illegal? With all the newer model cars coming stock w/ nav screens, I think you'll be hard-pressed to find anything illegal about dash mounted screens, other than the obvious rapid-movement animation laws like DVD, Video, Etc. Good verification though.
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    The other thing to note, even if you did get pulled over by a cop who claims to have seen video on in your car, just shut off the monitor before he gets up to your car on foot and deny having played video while in motion. Cops can only give you a fine if the video is playing while they approach, or if you admit to doing it. They do not have the authority to have "witnessed it from a far".
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    No idea of the laws in the US but anybody in the uk I would think if they see video playing your done whether its on when they get to the car or not. I am thinking this way because of the mobile phone laws and seat belt laws. It doesnt matter if you put your seat belt on or put the phone off before they get to you, if they saw you before its game over. I would think its the same with video. Infact I think it is illegal to even have the facility to play video that the driver can see without the car being parked I.E the device wont work unless the handbrake is on. I would imagine if they test your system and it works without the hanbrake being on they will bust you for that anyway. Not that anybody would be stupid enough to watch video while driving anyway!!

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    I have already posted about the legal issue in my state (texas) check it out here:

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    Not entirely true. Navigation is legal. Watching a movie/video/tv on your monitor viewable by the driver is totally illegal.
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    screens in view of the driver are ilegal here, unless there wired up 2 only work when the car is stopped or not running, thats y i want my screen facing passenger only

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavramair
    Not entirely true. Navigation is legal. Watching a movie/video/tv on your monitor viewable by the driver is totally illegal.
    The email I posted was sent to me from the Ohio state highway patrol. To my understanding, there are only limitations on commercial vehicles. I'm only going on what the officer said. If you are so certain its illegal, post me where you found your information and how you came to the conclusion its illegal. I'd like to know for sure. (not that I plan on driving while watching a movie)

    I would not mind if you could locate where in the O.R.C. (ohio revised code) it says its not permitted or if there are limitations. http://onlinedocs.andersonpublishing...-h.htm&cp=PORC ^_^




    Quote Originally Posted by Overdosed A18A
    screens in view of the driver are ilegal here, unless there wired up 2 only work when the car is stopped or not running, thats y i want my screen facing passenger only
    Are you talking about here as "Ohio"?
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    Are you talking about here as "Ohio"?[/QUOTE]

    I doubt it as his location is showing as New Zeland
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    For those interested, here is the statute from Florida:

    The 2005 Florida Statutes

    Title XXIII
    MOTOR VEHICLES

    Chapter 316
    STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL

    316.303 Television receivers.--

    (1) No motor vehicle operated on the highways of this state shall be equipped with television-type receiving equipment so located that the viewer or screen is visible from the driver's seat.

    (2) This section does not prohibit the use of television-type receiving equipment used exclusively for safety or law enforcement purposes, provided such use is approved by the department.

    (3) This section does not prohibit the use of an electronic display used in conjunction with a vehicle navigation system.

    (4) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

    History.--s. 1, ch. 71-135; s. 1, ch. 76-31; s. 26, ch. 94-306; s. 218, ch. 99-248.

    Note.--Former s. 316.275.
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