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Old 03-09-2003, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default State Law regarding use of laptop in vehicle

Does anyone have any information on the use of laptop's in moving vehicles?
Is is associated and under the same laws as with the use of monitors for audio/video systems?

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Old 03-09-2003, 10:26 AM   #2
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As part of my job, I use a laptop in the car whenever I'm on the road (I'm a real life Test Man). Luckily the software is fully automated, so I can generally concentrate on my driving. I have a desk that straps into the front passenger seat that the laptop sits on. In over three years I've never been stopped for having the computer running in the car. I've even had cops look at the screen while driving and they've never done anything. The four other people I work with have never been stopped for any of this either.

I should add that when I first started doing this, it was very difficult to have an operating computer running an arm's length away. I kept looking over at it, messing with the keyboard, and adjusting the software. All that makes it very difficult to stay in your lane. A word of advice from a "computer-in-car" veteran, pull over if you need to make adjustments, and watch the road not the screen.
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Old 03-09-2003, 11:20 AM   #3
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"Don't get pulled over for it" != "Legal".

I'd also be very concerned about what would happen if you were involved in an accident.

The analogy I'd use is that lots of people drive drunk without getting pulled over, but once they get into an accident they get charged with manslaughter or what-have-you.

That said, it doesn't appear to be against the letter of the law in Illinois. Of course, you could, and probably would, face reckless driving charges if you ever ran into someone.
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Old 03-09-2003, 11:36 AM   #4
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That Guy-

I concur 100% with your post. I used to travel with my laptop open on the road quite extensively. In fact, I probably have the same desk that straps in, the AutoExec. That thing is awsome. Only thing that I ever used that worked.

So here's the scoop. Legal or not, don't keep it open on the road. If you take a call, and you need to access something, just tell the caller you need to pull over, and hang on for a sec. It is really difficult to control a mouse through bumps, so it's not real productive anyway. Also, if you get one with a DVD player, I do not recomend trying to watch DVD movies on longer roadtrips. Ask me how I know not to do that.
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Old 03-09-2003, 05:10 PM   #5
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no it's not legal...
however unless your drawing attention to yourself, such as if you keep weaving in the lane because you quit lookin at the road, you probably wont get pulled over or get a ticket...
that and if the laptop is on the passenger seat no one will see it...

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Old 03-09-2003, 05:18 PM   #6
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Truckers have a small hand held e-mailer that it about the size of a normal keyboard that they use to get instant information from "home base" while out on the road. When these devices were first put in they were able to use them while the truck was in motion, even though they were told not to they did.

Anyways a case I'm working on a trucker was e-mailing while driving and wasn't paying attention to the road and came upon a wreck that had just happend.. He didn't stop in time and plowed through the two cars killing one person.

they didn't file any criminal charges against him, so I'm assuming its not illegal here in texas. Although the truck company is being sued for 5 million
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Old 03-09-2003, 06:22 PM   #7
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I got pulled over while doing testing with the delta dash and the cop had no problem with the computer. He had an issue with me being on private property.. In the end he was cool and let me go with no warning or ticket.
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Old 03-10-2003, 11:41 AM   #8
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Aren't you guys missing the point of this whole conversation?

Every friggin' cop out there has a laptop pointed directly at their face. All day, everyday.

They are always messing with it and, quite frankly, some of them are downright dangerous when they are operating while moving.

Make sure you ask them (when he's running your info on NCIC) what the law is regarding HIS laptop.

Definitely been a pet peeve of mine for sometime. (Not that police have them, but that they don't use them safetly).

K.

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Old 03-10-2003, 01:27 PM   #9
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This is true. At Denny's a while back we were joking that the next time a cop pulls you over, instead of giving him your license and registration, ask him for his and tell him you'll run his background check. See what he does then

Actually the only resason I want a laptop visible in my car is to display pr@n on the screen saver That'll piss off the women with kids in the car swerving all over the road on the way to soccer practice

For UTEC purposes:
Anyone know of a cheap swivel laptop mount for the car, I have a IBM ThinkPad 380D...old skool baby! I would like to bolt the base to the passenger side of the center console and be able to see the laptop above the shifter and footwell area of the pass side.
Websites that sell these?

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Old 03-10-2003, 01:58 PM   #10
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Quote:
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...next time a cop pulls you over, instead of giving him your license and registration, ask him for his and tell him you'll run his background check.
so we'll see you getting dropped off by the state trooper in denny's lot then right?
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Old 03-10-2003, 02:01 PM   #11
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so we'll see you getting dropped off by the state trooper in denny's lot then right?
x2

I can't wait till the first time one of US gets dropped off by the staties at Denny's!
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Old 03-10-2003, 02:16 PM   #12
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Jesus Jay... do i have to do all your legwork lately?
http://www.laptraveler.com/automounts.htm ...newly found
http://www.allenslaw.com/jotto.html ...the one that most use
And heres an interesting article i found in the same google search
http://www.waspc.org/items_interest/copcars.html
I agree with Kyle incidentally,I think i counted 15 different things hanging inside the state troopers car i was behind the other day. i felt sorry for the poor s.o.b., ifn he ever got Tboned he'd get about 6 different things flying twards his head, or vise versa...
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Old 03-10-2003, 02:44 PM   #13
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Jesus Jay... do i have to do all your legwork lately?
http://www.laptraveler.com/automounts.htm ...newly found
http://www.allenslaw.com/jotto.html ...the one that most use
And heres an interesting article i found in the same google search
http://www.waspc.org/items_interest/copcars.html
I agree with Kyle incidentally,I think i counted 15 different things hanging inside the state troopers car i was behind the other day. i felt sorry for the poor s.o.b., ifn he ever got Tboned he'd get about 6 different things flying twards his head, or vise versa...
Thanks Trent, now where are the cheap ones

The mount sell for more than I paid for my laptop
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Old 03-10-2003, 02:53 PM   #14
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I honestly dont know how much the laptravellers are, but theyve gotta be cheaper than the Jotto desk's... Thoes are the cat's ass though... Ive also seen the Jotto Desks cheaper than that elsewhere on the web. ive also been told by a few people in the other threads (wherever they may be) that thier worth it. :/
I forget what Jorge is using, i dunno if its a Jotto Desk or not, I remember telling him to go to American Science and Surplus for somthing that might have been related to mounting his laptop... or was it his cell phone... hell i cant remember now
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