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Windshield mounted GPS

It is now legal as of January 1, 2008, to attach your GPS to the windshield, provided it is attached to the corner on either side.  It may not be attached in the middle of the windshield.  The text of the relevant portions of the law (SB 1567) are as follows:

SECTION 1.  Section 26708 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

26708.  (a) (1) A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.

(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated and outside of an airbag deployment zone.

Cellular phone legislation

Vehicle Code § 23123 becomes effective on July 1, 2008. This law prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless a hands free device is used.

Additional guidance on the new law can be found at the California Dept. of Motor Vehicle's website.

It is unclear from the text of the legislation whether the new law applies to amateur radios. Although the DMV FAQ initially contained language suggesting that this law did not apply to dedicated two way radios that are not part of a wireless telephone, the DMV has recently updated their FAQ to remove that language. It is now unclear whether this law will be enforced against amateur radio.

In the event that an amateur radio operator is cited under this law, the amateur radio operator may wish to contact the ARRL for any assistance they might be able to provide.

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