Thought I would start a thread where people could post the State Law on where a GPSr can be placed in the vehicle. I used the following site to start:
I clicked on my state and then Unlawful Vehicle Modifications. I then entered the traffic code into my browser and found the section on windshield obstructions...
Illinois Law is:
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code:
(c) No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any objects placed or suspended between the driver and the front windshield, rear window, side wings or side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver which materially obstructs the driver's view.
According to a state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, a GPS device can be mounted on the windshield.
But not anywhere. There will be two legal windshield mounting spots:
1) Within a "seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield" on the passenger side, says the law.
In other words, if you draw a line seven inches up from the bottom of the windshield on the far lower right, and another line seven inches from the right side, the mount must fit within that box.
2) Within a "five-inch square in the lower corner" on the driver's side.
Souce: Los Angeles Times By David Colker
Souce: Los Angeles Times By David Colker
Well, that's better (but not by much) than what the law was before, which I believe stated that nothing could be temporarily (non-permanently) mounted to the windshield (most likely in an effort to indirectly outlaw radar detectors and not in the name of safety).
Do you know whether that means that no item can be on windshield at all, or whether it means that the item can't be right in front of driver?
I interpret it to read as in front of the driver.
which materially obstructs the driver's view
That phrase makes me legal here.
FAQ by yours truly here: www.poi-factory.com/node/34521
By my interpretation, if a state or province does not allow non-transparent items on the windshield, such a prohibition applies regardless of where the GPS is placed. For example, placing the GPS on the passenger side lower corner in a state where mounting is not allowed may still net you a fine.
Illinois does it so the police have an excuse to hassle people with "danglies" hanging from their mirrors.
Normally I don't put on my grammar police hat, but today I'm going to. You said "Illinois does it..." but didn't say what it was Illinois does. My best guess is that you meant to say "Illinois allows items on the windshield so the police have an excuse to hassle people with items hanging from their mirrors."
Unfortunately your statement ignores the fact that items hanging from the mirror are likely covered by a different section of the law. Items hanging from a mirror are not mounted on a windshield. It may seem like a trivial difference, but when it comes to the law, that difference could determine whether you receive a fine or not.
Windshields required, exception — Must be unobstructed and equipped with wipers.
(1) All motor vehicles operated on the public highways of this state shall be equipped with a front windshield manufactured of safety glazing materials for use in motor vehicles in accordance with RCW 46.37.430, except, however, on such vehicles not so equipped or where windshields are not in use, the operators of such vehicles shall wear glasses, goggles, or face shields pursuant to RCW 46.37.530(1)(b).
(2) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.
(3) The windshield on every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a device for cleaning rain, snow, or other moisture from the windshield, which device shall be so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the driver of the vehicle. After January 1, 1938, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a new motor vehicle first sold or delivered after that date which is not equipped with such device or devices in good working order capable of cleaning the windshield thereof over two separate arcs, one each on the left and right side of the windshield, each capable of cleaning a surface of not less than one hundred twenty square inches, or other device or devices capable of accomplishing substantially the same result.
(4) Every windshield wiper upon a motor vehicle shall be maintained in good working order.
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