You can mount you GPS only in the lower left or right corner in CA. Minnesota still prohibits windshield mounting. Just an FYI
I had heard about this a while back. Actually, there is another thread discussing this. I'm from Arizona and I travel into California on a regular basis. I continue to mount my GPS unit very low in the center of the windshield. It doesn't block my view at all.
I think it's ridiculous that California thinks they have the right to make a law regulating something as simple as this. They do it in the name of safety, and I guess that's how they get away with it. Granted, there are a lot of idiots who mount their GPS unit centered (vertically and horizontally) on the windshield which is almost positively blocking their field of view to some extent. However, I doubt even that is causing enough accidents to make a fuss about. And if they're worried about it flying off in a high impact accident or while simply driving down the road, that's the risk the driver is taking. I just hate that California makes competent drivers suffer for the incompetent ones.
Granted, there are a lot of idiots who mount their GPS unit centered (vertically and horizontally) on the windshield which is almost positively blocking their field of view to some extent. However, I doubt even that is causing enough accidents to make a fuss about.
I seriously don't think an object the size of GPS device, even when placed in the center of the windshield, can block our view to a point that it becomes dangerous to drive.
A friend of mine got a moving violation ticket for leaving parking decal hanging on the rearview mirror. That's life in CA.
I moved out of CA recently and have a good friend that is in the San Diego PD. I asked him about the restriction and he said that no police officer is going to pull you over for a windshield mounted GPS. He said they have multiple laws that enable them to pull over cars for suspicious activity and the GPS mount is one of them.
Personally, I prefer the Vent Mounts on the market. By using the vent mount, you no longer have the visual obstruction with the GPS on the windshield.
Just got a new Garmin for the wife, we've been trying to figure where's the best to mount it, and if we need a dashmount to do so. She has a 09 Civic, so there's lots of room on the dash.
Will have to see if it'll mount well con the left corner.
Thanks for the news.
that's great news
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