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Minnesota Law: Are Passengers Allowed to Watch Movies on Tablets?

Minnesota_State_Patrol-300x2234Troy Christianson was recently asked if passengers are allowed to watch movies on tablets in moving vehicles.

He answered the question by saying, “Minnesota state law says that a television screen shall not be installed or used in any motor vehicle where images from the screen are visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle.”

There are a few exceptions to the law. Exceptions include: video screens installed in law enforcement vehicles, closed-circuit video systems used exclusively to aid driver’s visibility to the front, rear, or sides of the vehicle and video screens installed as part of a vehicle control system or used in intelligent vehicle highway applications.

Distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes in Minnesota, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries.

Christianson said, “Law enforcement is committed to reducing these preventable crashes.  Please help us reduce crashes on our roadways by putting away all cellphones, tablets and computers while driving.  Passengers can do their part by making sure their devices can’t be seen by the driver.”

Have a question about traffic laws? You can email Trooper Troy, troy.christianson@state.mn.us

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