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  1. ghost

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    CNN.com article. Only in America. :D
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    XXX-DVDs a new hazard for drivers

    DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- Andrea Carlton hadn't planned on telling her daughter about the birds and bees until she was 8 or 9. But that changed the night 4-year-old Catherine spotted a porno movie flickering on a screen in a minivan nearby.

    "Just like there's no windows in a strip club, you shouldn't be able to see inside windows in a car when they're watching X-rated movies," said Carlton, a 26-year-old from Gurnee, Illinois.

    More and more Americans are buying vehicles with DVD players, usually to keep the kids entertained. But an increasing number of other people on the road are catching a glimpse through the windows of more than just "Finding Nemo" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

    Depending on where they are driving or parked, motorists could face fines and even jail time for screening X-rated stuff. But where the law may not be clear, some are calling for tighter regulation.

    "Residents should not be subjected to those obscenities," said Flint City Councilwoman Carolyn Sims, who is examining whether an ordinance packing a $500 fine is needed. "They do have a right to have peace and tranquility and not to have this exposure to sex in their face."

    A driver in Schenectady, New York, was arrested last month after rolling past police with a DVD titled "Chocolate Foam" playing on the passenger-side sun visor in his Mercedes-Benz, authorities said. The movie also was rolling on screens set into the car's headrests.

    The driver was accused of breaking state laws prohibiting watching TV while driving, as well as another law making it illegal to exhibit sexually explicit material in a public place.

    "The detective had a clear view of what was playing through the window. Anyone walking by on the street could have seen it," Schenectady police Lt. Peter Frisoni Jr. said of the nighttime traffic stop. "If he had dark, tinted windows where you couldn't see in, that wouldn't be a public display."

    As for Carlton, she was driving in the Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove with her daughter when Catherine glimpsed the sexually explicit movie. The experience last fall upset the girl and angered Carlton.

    Carlton and her husband sat down with Catherine and offered the best explanation they could. Since then, Carlton has spotted other motorists with explicit movies playing, including a couple watching from the back seat of their car in a store parking lot.

    "You're not allowed to have sex in your car, so why are you allowed to watch it?" Carlton asked.

    Most states, including Michigan, have laws that make it illegal to watch TV while driving. Laws governing the exhibition of pornography vary by state, but experts say they could be applied to drivers as well.

    "I think those restrictions would apply if the content is located in a vehicle," said Jeff Matsuura, director of the law and technology program at the University of Dayton. "You have effectively moved beyond the privacy of your own home."

    During the day, it is often difficult to see what is playing inside another vehicle. But at night, the screens are easily visible from a passing car or a vehicle stopped alongside at a traffic light. The screens are also getting bigger.

    In Flint, Sims took up the issue after hearing from a woman who was driving with her 5-year-old when she spotted porn playing on a vehicle's 13-inch TV screen. A police officer who happened to see the display pulled over the driver, Sims said, but let him off with a warning.

    To Sims, a 23-year police veteran who retired in 2001, playing an explicit movie in view of other motorists or pedestrians is akin to flashing or having sex in a public place.

    But Michigan State Police, who have not had any cases of in-car porn, say playing an X-rated movie might not be easy to prosecute unless it can be proved that the motorist intended for others to see it.
     
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  3. PSk

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    Simply ban the screens ... surely they can wait until they get home, or is having a home now old fashioned and now the car must do everything? (since modern cars are so boring to drive).

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  4. ryalex

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    How long before we have taxi companies that offer TV screens?

    How long before we have "adult taxis" with tinted windows that play X-rated movies?

    Heck-in-a-handbasket...
     
  5. TigerAce

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    This may be the sensitive subject, but I really think if someone was watching XXX DVD in a car discreetly, why other people mind his/her business? You have a choice not to look! I don't like a driver blasting music on the road, but as long as a driver is enjoying the music w/in the contain of a car, that's fine w/ me. So DVD viewing should be treated same, no??

    I agree w/ Psk on banning DVD screen in a front seats.

    ryalex, there's taxi w/ a screen, even a train, too. I haven't paid much attention, but I remember "Bill Cosby Show" was playing.

    Yoshi
     
  6. judge4re

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    Its here already, I was in a cab a few weeks ago, and the passenger head rest had a touch screen to get shopping and dining info. And people say China is behind...
     
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  8. PSk

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    Yeah, but we already have over occupied bad drivers, why add something else to the car to cause more distraction. Plus we need to think of the innocent kids, they don't understand not to look ... as they are all about learning.

    A car is a fncken car, lets leave it at that ... and if you want entertainment like a TV show or to get off!, go home or to a club.

    Pete
    ps: But a Taxi or Train I understand, but it should only be able to show TV shows.

    Funny thing is I am already having debates with my older children as they want a DVD for the car ... I've said NO WAY!. They spend 3/4's of their life stuck in front of a screen. What happened to playing outside ... ?
     
  9. JaguarXJ6

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    So, you have a hot wife or girlfriend, you don't get to see her often, and she decides after you give her a kiss she wants a little more and hops over the center console, slides into your lap, and your response is.... what exactly? Sorry honey, not in the car?

    When a gorgeous woman your in love with wants sex, do yourself a favor, and be a sport! :D

    Sunny
     
  10. PSk

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    Er, I meant via a porno film ... not 'real' action :D.

    Saying that I would be real pissed if somebody did the real thing in their car or whatever in front of my 3 year old daughter, ie. there is a time and a place for this sort of activity.

    Pete
     
  11. JaguarXJ6

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    Pete, same here. Thankfully I have barely legal tint on side and rear windows and was parked a little distance away. Had it been in the open I think I would have been a little self conscience and modest and she would too without that protection. Just making sure we're on the same page here... priorities man, priorities besides taking care of kids. Yourselves too :D

    Sunny
     
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  13. hoffmeister

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    Ok...usually I just read the posts and don't chime in but since I just installed an in-dash DVD player in my SUV I thought I'd throw my $.02 in. I don't think banning them is the best option, because it is already illegal to drive (in most states) with an LCD display in full view of the driver. That's why they have an extra wire that connects to the emergency brake to prevent this. In theory you must be in PARK and have your emergency brake engaged to activate the screen (though it is fairly easy to get around). My biggest complaint is that while it is illegal to have an LCD running while driving, all newer cars come pre-installed with them and have the GPS running all the time. What's the difference between watching a movie and watching your car on a map while driving? Also, the only reason I installed the darn thing was because you can listen to DVD Live Concerts in Dolby Surround and the sound quality is IMO just sooo much better. If the stupid DVDs didn't have 10 million different menus, I'd be happy with just listening to them. But in order to get to the song I want I have to navigate the menus and I have to "see them" to do it. Regardless though, you'll never see me driving down the road watching porn! How someone can steer and navigate the DVD menus with only one hand I'll never know ;-) Damn wankers.
     
  14. Greg G

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    Note to self... do not buy a used car from sunny! LOL
     

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