Thanks Merlin for getting here first. Reading your post calmed me down a bit
I agree with you and drifter. I agree with the fuzz.
You guys are arguing moot points that don't even apply, because nobody has EVER been charged with what you guys are arguing about... make sense?
There is no crime in having a screen up in the front seat (in view of the driver). If that screen has "driving assists" or controls, it can even be on while you are driving.
The only thing that there should be a debate about is the disableing of a driver side airbag.
If you get in a traffic crash, and your airbags deploy, a collision center CANNOT fix your car unless they replace the air bag system. Simple as that. If you car was equipt with them, you have to have them there.
The passenger''* airbag is a different story, as I do not know the laws on that at all.
TORQUE, just out of curiousity, are you one of those people who always thinks the government is out to get you? Give me a break, the govt does not make laws to get your money. It may be a fortunate side effect, but it is surely not the sole purpose.
I would say MOST if not all moving violations are in place for SAFETY reasons. Speeding, reckless, careless, passing laws, and our favorite "screen" laws are all for safety. Even laws against ground effects are in place for safety...they distract people (just like TV monitors).
Now about helmet laws. Yeah, if people are dumb enough not to wear a helmet, that is their fault if they get hurt. I think earlier in the thread airbags were also mentioned in the same context. If people want to disable their airbags, then that is their fault if they get hurt.
Yes, this is true...to a certain extent. But think about if you were the one to hit a biker without a helmet. Or if you hit the driver who removed his airbag to put a TV in. That person is now dead because of their stupidity, and YOU were the one who killed them. And they didn't even have to die. It would be a hard thing that you would have to live with for the rest of your life. Could you deal knowing that you had killed someone, even if they were dumb?