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Old 12-20-2015, 08:30 AM   #15
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This isn't anything new. As mentioned earlier this law only applies to a "means of visually receiving a television broadcast". I believe it's a federal law as well. In any case all RV manufacturers that I am aware of have a lockout (when the ignition key is in the on position) for any Television that's within the drivers field of vision. As far back as 2001 our Winnebago Adventurer had a lockout on the television in the driver's compartment. The one in the bedroom didn't.

There have been many complaints through the years where people want to defeat the lockout to kids can watch television od DVD's as the motorhome cruises down the road.

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Old 12-20-2015, 09:18 AM   #16
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I think just about every state has a law/reg governing a television screen in view of the driver. So does the federal vehicle safety code, which applies to every newly manufactured vehicle for use in the US, including imports. That's why we have the ignition key interlock in all RVs that have a front tv anywhere in the driver's view.

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Old 12-20-2015, 10:55 AM   #17
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On my 2004 the TV in front, above and to the right of the driver will receive TV when moving. I didn't change it so perhaps the previous owner changed the power source. And no, I don't have it on while traveling. Found this out when I had to move the RV a few feet to connect to the RV spot dump.
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:40 PM   #18
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Here's an excerpt from the Washington State Motor Vehicle Code:

RCW 46.37.480
Television viewers—Earphones.
(1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle equipped with any television viewer, screen, or other means of visually receiving a television broadcast when the moving images are visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle on a public road, except for live video of the motor vehicle backing up.
I highlighted the Key text.. I do know there are many police officers who are reading impaired so I will give you a caution.

There really is a time and place to argue with a law enforcement officer.. IT IS NOT while he has you pulled over on the side of the road for any reason.

(The Time and Place will be on the face of the ticket, Usually near the bottom).

Since the images from your lane change cameras are NOT BROADCAST, No radio is involved,k this law clearly does not apply.

IF an officer cited me for that violation.. I would accept the ticket, then present the judge with the section of law. Highlighted as I did above, and ask for it to be dismissed (Also the operator's manual or a copy of it for the cameras)

Then I'd ask for the officer to show cause why he should not pay for my new engine. (Basically) since he clearly over extended himself and harassed me just because I have a hundred thousand dollar (Price is only an example) "Car".
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:04 PM   #19
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I like having my backup camera running when driving down the road on Interstates. I use my mirrors for all lane changes, etc but the added view from right behind the rig that would normally be what I see in a car's windshield rear view mirror is very useful. On my 2008 View, the monitor is mounted just about where a rear view mirror would be located.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:29 PM   #20
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This whole thread was started as a joke, right????
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:32 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by birddog2you View Post
Nanny State strikes again. Did we really need that law.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:12 PM   #22
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Busted for looking at my lane change cameras?

A Lot of laws are made because of stupid people that have no common sense. Most of us have enough sense not to watch TV while driving down the road. A law was passed for those other people.

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I don't think so....It's not in the RV Humor forum. lol
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:24 PM   #24
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I doubt the manufacturers would be selling vehicles with something that is illegal. Although... they do sell a lot of vehicles without directional signals.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:17 AM   #25
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Personally, I've never seen police wearing stilts or driving jacked up 4x4's........

How in the world would they ever even see the screen unless the vehicle was parked?
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I think the legislative intent of the law includes side rear view cameras as permissible.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:57 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by cwsqbm View Post
If they're going to bust you for that, they'd be busting everyone using a GPS.
Which they will in some states that specify which parts of the windscreen they can be mounted on.

Since the images from your lane change cameras are NOT BROADCAST, No radio is involved,k this law clearly does not apply.
This is a simplistic interpretation. Having a TV showing an in-house movie in view of the driver WILL also get you a ticket - and deservedly so.
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How about wireless cameras? They broadcast to anyone near by. Are we technically illegal?

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