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Monday, May 21, 2012

Ind. Law - Driver in Warsaw ticketed for using iPod as a dash-cam mounted on his front windshield, much like a GPS (or backup camera screen)

Clifton French, WSBT-TV reporter, has the story. Some quotes:

WARSAW Ind. -- We know it's illegal to text and drive, but what about getting a ticket for your iPod? That's what one Warsaw man says happened to him.

Michael Spangler says he was using his iPod Touch as a dash-cam mounted on his front windshield, much like a GPS, when he was pulled over and ticketed. He says he was using the iPod as a camera in case he was in an accident.

"A few months ago I was almost run off the road by another car and I didn't have video at the time of it." Spangler said, "When I called the police on it they said I didn't give them the full license plate on it so they couldn't do anything about it."

That's when Michael downloaded a dash-cam app on his iPod and bought a mount to put it in his windshield. And for several months, he hadn't had a problem.

Early Saturday morning, Michael received a ticket for driving with a television screen visible to the driver. According to Indiana Code 9-19-17-1, a person cannot operate a motor vehicle that has a television set installed that can be seen by the driver.

That law was written in 1991, before the days of GPS, smart phones and touch screens.

"With what (the officer is) saying, if it can play videos, you can get a ticket for this." Spangler said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 21, 2012 03:59 PM
Posted to Indiana Law