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Watch the Road or Watch a Movie? Watch Out.

You might want to think twice when installing an in-dash DVD player. Apparently, it can be installed bypassing the safety feature requiring your foot to be on the brake when watching it.

That's what prosecutors in Alaska are claiming. They believe that a pickup swerved across the highway and killed the two occupants of an oncoming car. The authorities believe that the pickup driver was watching his in-dash DVD player instead of the road.

The pickup's driver, Erwin J. Petterson Jr., denies using the DVD player as he drove north on along Seward Highway on Oct. 12, 2002, and contends he was only listening to music from a compact disc.

The National Transportation Safety Board discourages the use of in-dash units because they distract drivers. I couldn't find much on the Consumer Electronics Association website. They just seem happy that sales are up.

There's no law against in-dash units yet, but you can expect that Alaska may lead the nation in putting one on the books.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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