Originally Posted by Harleydeal
Thanks Protagonist. I was trying to figure out away to accomplish it with an iPad or the likes but all the options that utilize any iOS or Android device would require using a Verizon data plan which I already use too much of and unlike the old days is not unlimited. I do live in Florida which, believe it or not, has no annual inspection so that's not an issue. Maybe if I just promise not to look?
I'm not going to tell you that you can't do it. My job is to provide information to let you make an informed decision.
Florida Statute 316.0075 dated 2005 says, "No motor vehicle operated on the highways of this state shall be equipped with television-type receiving equipment so located that the viewer or screen is visible from the driver's seat."
But you also have to watch out for other states. Just like cell phone use, it doesn't matter what our home states laws are, it matter what the laws are where you're pulled over. With that in mind, I also looked up your two neighboring states to see if you'd be legal there.
Alabama statute 32-5-219 dated 2008 says, "No television viewer, screen or other means of visually receiving a television broadcast shall be located in a motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the driver's seat or in any manner so that the driver of the vehicle can see it while in actual control of the vehicle."
Georgia has no statute prohibiting televisions for front seat passengers, only using devices to "compose, send, or read" text messages while operating a motor vehicle.
So if it were me, I'd make sure there was no evidence of a television forward of the back of the driver's seat just in case you're pulled over or involved in an accident anywhere. Which brings you back to a portable. But of course that's if it was me.
Then again, tablet computers are not the only
portable way to watch TV. They do still make actual televisions that are portable… (http://www.amazon.com/b?node=979930011
Here's a question… Does your Interstate still have a hatch in the dashboard big enough to hold an 8˝×11 notebook? If so, you might mount a flat-screen portable TV in there, where all you have to do is close the lid to hide it away. If memory serves, Mercedes puts their rear-view camera monitors in there, so it's a short stretch to installing a TV there.