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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3DUB View Post
    So then GPS's are illegal in Alberta?
    Sorry, that should say video screen. I think that's how they worded it, I got pulled over for my screen once already. The cop asked me a pile of questions like what I use it for and ended up letting me go.
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    I live in Michigan, have been carPC'd for 4 years now and have been pulled over a few times and the cop has never mentioned it, or even questioned it. Streaming video is illegal on any system if the driver can see it. So to answer your questions, NO, carPC's are not illegal.
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    just googled this: http://www.digitaltips.org/in-vehicle/stateLaws.asp

    In OP's case (Michigan):

    Video Screen Restriction

    Law: A person shall not operate a motor vehicle that is to be used upon the highways with a television or other similar electronic device that displays a video image that can be viewed by the operator while the motor vehicle is in motion.
    Statute: MCLS 257.708b (2008)
    Penalties: A civil infraction.

    So just I guess don't play videos on any front seat screens while driving

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    Quote Originally Posted by nalav View Post
    I would be very interested in hearing how a CarPC is supposed to be illegal.
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    My take is let me have whatever capability I want in my car. Lawmaker's take is, I wonder how I can write the law such that I can profit off the average citizen, as well as those posing a safety risk.

    As far as driving and watching video, if I did that, I would hope I got a ticket instead of in an accident. If I am parked waiting for my wife to shop for panties and bra's, I might want to watch Netflix, as I know I'll be there a while.

    So what do I do? Back into the parking spot so I can see when the popo cruises up on me, and switch to radio functionality in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rray View Post
    If I am parked waiting for my wife to shop for panties and bra's, I might want to watch Netflix, as I know I'll be there a while.

    So what do I do? Back into the parking spot so I can see when the popo cruises up on me, and switch to radio functionality in time.
    Maybe you should read the law first:

    "A person shall not operate a motor vehicle that is to be used upon the highways of this state with a television or other similar electronic device that displays a video image that can be viewed by the operator while the motor vehicle is in motion."


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    Except where I live in California where a cop will tap on your window, and question you if you have modified your radio to play video without the parking brake on, and please demonstrate this to him. They do this on a whim to people parked all the time, as well as ask you to pop the hood to inspect your engine for mods, and look at your exhaust for mods, check the color temperature and mw/cm2 intensity of your lights. If your car looks cool, 2-3 carloads of cops will be there to check it out and talk to you. It's always been that way here in no mod city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rray View Post
    It's always been that way here in no mod city.

    That does't apply to most of the women and some of the men there.

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    I wouldn't do well in SF I guess. If I saw him coming up to my window while I was parked, I'd probably have installed a master kill switch buried up in the dash to turn off, maybe even 2 of them. "I'm sorry officer, the radio thingy doesn't even work, wanna try? Maybe you can get it to work..."

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    I just remembered that google crawlers will find this page and I don't want to get targeted.
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