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Drivers Spot X-Rated Films in Other Cars

DETROIT - Andrea Carlton hadn't planned on telling her daughter about the birds and bees until she was 8 or 9. But that changed the night 4-year-old Catherine spotted a porno movie flickering on a screen in a minivan nearby.

"Just like there's no windows in a strip club, you shouldn't be able to see inside windows in a car when they're watching X-rated movies," said Carlton, a 26-year-old from Gurnee, Ill.


More and more Americans are buying vehicles with DVD players, usually to keep the kids entertained. But an increasing number of other people on the road are catching a glimpse through the windows of more than just "Finding Nemo" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."


Depending on where they are driving or parked, motorists could face fines and even jail time for screening X-rated stuff. But where the law may not be clear, some are calling for tighter regulation.


"Residents should not be subjected to those obscenities," said Flint City Councilwoman Carolyn Sims, who is examining whether an ordinance packing a $500 fine is needed. "They do have a right to have peace and tranquility and not to have this exposure to sex in their face."


A driver in Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested last month after rolling past police with a DVD titled "Chocolate Foam" playing on the passenger-side sun visor in his Mercedes-Benz, authorities said. The movie also was rolling on screens set into the car's headrests.


The driver was accused of breaking state laws prohibiting watching TV while driving, as well as another law making it illegal to exhibit sexually explicit material in a public place.


"The detective had a clear view of what was playing through the window. Anyone walking by on the street could have seen it," Schenectady police Lt. Peter Frisoni Jr. said of the nighttime traffic stop. "If he had dark, tinted windows where you couldn't see in, that wouldn't be a public display."


As for Carlton, she was driving in the Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove with her daughter when Catherine glimpsed the sexually explicit movie. The experience last fall upset the girl and angered Carlton.


Carlton and her husband sat down with Catherine and offered the best explanation they could. Since then, Carlton has spotted other motorists with explicit movies playing, including a couple watching from the back seat of their car in a store parking lot.


"You're not allowed to have sex in your car, so why are you allowed to watch it?" Carlton asked.


Most states, including Michigan, have laws that make it illegal to watch TV while driving. Laws governing the exhibition of pornography vary by state, but experts say they could be applied to drivers as well.


"I think those restrictions would apply if the content is located in a vehicle," said Jeff Matsuura, director of the law and technology program at the University of Dayton. "You have effectively moved beyond the privacy of your own home."


During the day, it is often difficult to see what is playing inside another vehicle. But at night, the screens are easily visible from a passing car or a vehicle stopped alongside at a traffic light. The screens are also getting bigger.


In Flint, Sims took up the issue after hearing from a woman who was driving with her 5-year-old when she spotted porn playing on a vehicle's 13-inch TV screen. A police officer who happened to see the display pulled over the driver, Sims said, but let him off with a warning.


To Sims, a 23-year police veteran who retired in 2001, playing an explicit movie in view of other motorists or pedestrians is akin to flashing or having sex in a public place.


But Michigan State Police, who have not had any cases of in-car porn, say playing an X-rated movie might not be easy to prosecute unless it can be proved that the motorist intended for others to see it.
so what do you guys think about this should people be allowed to watch this in their own cars?
 

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I was driving down the 215 and some freaks in a truck had the in dash going and a porno running. I stayed behind them as long as I could. :D

I think it's a nay. I'm down with it being your property and such and if you can tint your windows sufficiently then more power to you, but like the cop in the article said, without dark tint it's out there for public display.

Keep that in your bedroom or on the computer screen.

Besides can you really enjoy porn while driving?
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JokerPassat said:
Well if I was watching a porn and someone caught a glimpse of it through my apartment window would I be at fault???

As much as I'm against it, being able to watch a porn in your vehicle while driving is your business as long as the driver is keeping his concentration on the road.
So would it be OK if your car was a convertible? Say you are parked in your convertible at the local school waiting to pick up your grade schooler (questionable parent, yeah yeah). Is that OK because you are in your vehicle? In fact, I think people have been prosecuted before for not covering their windows in their home such that any passerby could easily see sexual activities going on in the house. It's not a question of privacy when you are out in the public or on display to the public and making no realistic effort to be discrete.
 

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Public displays of pornography should get you a ticket. That includes through an apartment window. Some people need to get some class.
 

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atomicalex said:
NO. How pathetic is your sex life that you have to watch porn in your car? :roll:
we don't HAVE to watch porn in our cars.

we simply choose to.

;) ;) ;)
 

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20vvillian said:
You should'nt be watching anything but the road! and smokey! :eek:h:
not WHILE we drive, of course. you park, first [grin]

(no, I don't even have any video stuff in my car. no need. but I do think its kinda funny..)
 

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What ever happened to making out with a girl in the backseat of your car? :roll: :roll:

Isn't there enough places you could look at porn besides in your car? :???: :shock: :(
 
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20vvillian said:
You should'nt be watching anything but the road! and smokey! :eek:h:
not WHILE we drive, of course. you park, first [grin]

(no, I don't even have any video stuff in my car. no need. but I do think its kinda funny..)
Well if your gonna park you may as well get a real female and skip the porn and makeout :heart:
 

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Honestly, if I had a video setup in my car and someone realized what I was watching I would be a bit embarassed. Well thats unless its a hot female and she would like to join in on the veiwing. :lol:
 

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Definitely a NO NO ... I have kids, and don't want to drive them around with blind folds. Besides, as if yapping on the cell phone isn't bad enough (in some states it's down right illegal !), now just imagine watching porn & yapping on the phone while driving :shock: :crazy: .
 

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as fun as it would be, I don't think is appropriate in the car. I thought it was cool at first, but if I had kids...I would be pretty pissed as a parent that the car next to me was playing that and my child was looking at it. Keep it private.

Besides, if you are watching porn in the car.. what's next.. driving with one hand? hehehe
 
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