The California Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would allow drivers to take advantage of technology intended to help with navigation.
Now, if Minnesota would only see the light.
Portable GPS devices would be authorized to be mounted “in the seven-inch square in the lower corner farthest removed from the driver.” They also could be installed “in the five-inch square in the lower corner nearest the driver.”
haha - corner farthest removed from the driver... Guess the author of this bill hasn't used a GPSr? (or has very long arms???)
I choose to use the beanbag because it brings my GPSr within reach. (and I don't live in CA or MN)
I just moved out of California and it's real pain not to be able to mount your GPS on the windshield, but I agree with the guy above... it's better to have it mounted on a beanbag or on your dashboard!
The proposed legislation says that the device can only be used for "door to door" navigation. With that, they are now legislating how you can use your GPS. If you touch it while driving, you will be in violation.
It would be refreshing if legislators would have and use common sense to address issues and allow law enforcement to do the same. One might think the issue with windshield mounted devices might have already been addressed by current law that already addresses obstucted vision. It's the obstructed vision, stupid! The currnet law covers things hanging from the mirror or visors, things stacked on the dash, stickers, etc.
It seems interesting to me that the suction cup law was passed after CHP began using radar. I find that interesting. It must be easier to pass than a ban on radar detectors.
Current laws also address distracted driving, so there was no need for a cell phone hands free specific law or the "door to door" clause. The current law covers any distraction to include lap- top computers, GPS, cell phones, MP3 players, hair rollers, eyeliner application, eyelash curlers, nail files, eating, maps, books, newspapers, "driving dogs" in laps, etc, which all are daily distractions on roadways everywhere today.
The hands free cell phone law is a big joke to me, as the biggest distraction to a driver is the conversation, not touching a quick call button or using voice dial features.
I often travel in California and use both a radar detector and a GPS. The suction cup law has not affected how I mount my devices as it would drive me nuts to have either in my field of view. I do however see many GPS, radar detectors and satellite radio receivers mounted on the winshield right at eye level, directly in front of drivers. I shake my head and just assume that they must be legislators.
Sorry for the long rant, but don't those folks have real issues to address?
I mount mine up near the rearview mirror. It seems to make it more centralized and only obstructs items in the sky. I can take a quick glance at the unit while still having my eyes directed at the road.
Has anyone here ever gotten a ticket in Ca. for GPS??
Was the GPS location signed into law?
Info on this web site is dated 2008.
As CVC 26708:
It still looks like it can only be mounted on the corners of the windshield and not near the middle. So I'll continue to use the bean bag mount.
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