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    Low Bitrate pastypyro's Avatar
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    Texas Display Law

    I got pulled over this weekend with a blast of instant on Ka right over a hill doing barely over the limit. It's the end of the month, go figure.

    But anyways, while I was pulled over the cop said that my screen was illegal because it was in view of the driver. I told him it was used for navigation and it was legal, so he let me off but apparently he didn't know the specific Texas traffic code. Here is the actual law for those who care:


    (a) A motor vehicle may be equipped with video
    receiving equipment, including a television, a digital video disc
    player, a videocassette player, or similar equipment, only if the
    equipment is located so that the video display is not visible from
    the operator's seat.

    (b) A motor vehicle specially designed as a mobile unit used
    by a licensed television station may have video receiving equipment
    located so that the video display is visible from the operator's
    side, but the receiver may be used only when the vehicle is stopped.

    (c) This section does not prohibit the use of:
    (1) equipment used:
    (A) exclusively for receiving digital
    information for commercial purposes;

    (B) exclusively for a safety or law enforcement
    purpose, if each installation is approved by the

    (C) in a remote television transmission truck;

    (D) exclusively for monitoring the performance
    of equipment installed on a vehicle used for safety purposes in
    connection with the operations of a natural gas, water, or electric

    (2) a monitoring device that:
    (A) produces an electronic display; and

    (B) is used exclusively in conjunction with a
    mobile navigation system installed in the vehicle.

    Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
    by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, 30.117(a), eff. Sept. 1,
    1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 20, 1, 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
    I think my solution is going to be a retractable screen with a slim DVD-RW under it so I can retract when being bothered and it will just look like a CD player at a glance. It is really officer discretion but I'm sure the Texas Highway Patrol won't be friendly about it.

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    Can you helpe me find the OHIO law on this matter? I've looked and looked, but cannot find anything via google
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    Low Bitrate pastypyro's Avatar
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    I can't find anything either. I doubt their legislation is much more generous than ours is. I would never want to drive through Ohio the way their speed enforcement is.

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