TV-watching in vehicles mounting concern

| Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Thirty-eight states want to ban TV watching by drivers by barring viewable screens in locations where the driver can see them, Stateline.org reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that about 3.5 percent of U.S. drivers were involved in a crash the past five years that they attribute to being distracted.

In 21 states, in-vehicle television screens must be mounted so they are not visible to the driver. In another 17 states, law specifies that the TV has to be located behind the driver's seat.

Stateline reported that the number of video systems in cars have quadrupled in the past five years. One concern is that navigational system screens visible to the driver can be configured to display other video outputs.

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