Unauthorized Video Screens are Subjective
The California Vehicle Code has a little section that some of you might be familiar with – Section 27602. On the surface, it seems to be pretty basic, without much room for dispute.
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver’s seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.”
But that isn’t all there is.
That is actually only subdivision (a) of CVC 27602. There are a variety of conditions whereby a video screen may be within the view of the driver and still be legal.
Some of the video screens exempt from this vehicle code include
- Vehicle information display screens
- GPS / Navigation systems
- A cell phone, if properly mounted
As technology continues to advances and digital systems are incorporated more frequently into our vehicles, lawmakers understand that keeping visual technology and driving fully separated is not entirely possible. What is key is ensuring that the driver’s focus is on the roadway and surrounding vehicles, not on distracting entertainment devices.
Consequences Can be Serious
Understanding the potential for harm that can be caused when driver’s are not focused on the roadway, CVC 27602 carries consequences intended to deter individuals from taking the risk.
This violation carries a minimum fine of $237.
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