Wednesday, August 11, 2010

California Lawmakers Propose Allowing Video Cameras in Automobiles (AB1942)

While this law that allows video cameras in vehicles to record accidents is not as scary as it was when I first heard about it, it still has the chance to be a slippery slope if some governmental agency mandates video camera installation in an effort to promote "safety." There will also be issues and concerns if the car's video camera can be remotely activated by third parties such as the note holder, DMV and/or insurance company.

The proposed law, AB1942, would promote safer driving habits and reduce accidents by permitting video recorders to be installed on the windshield.

Click the link to read the full text of AB1942.

(13) A video event recorder with the capability of monitoring driver performance to improve driver safety, which may be mounted in a 7-inch seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a 5-inch, in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone. zone, or in a 5-inch square mounted to the center uppermost portion of the interior of the windshield. As used in this section, "video event recorder" means a video recorder that continuously records in a digital loop, recording audio, video, and G-force levels, but saves video only when triggered by an unusual motion or crash or when operated by the driver to monitor driver performance.

Source: KOVR

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