Governor OK’s bill allowing video monitors in cars
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A bill signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will allow carmakers and owners to equip their vehicles with video recording devices on their windshields.
The bill signed Wednesday will permit monitors that record in a continuous loop but save video and audio information only if there is an unusual vehicle motion or crash. No more than 30 seconds of recording may be stored.
The author of AB1942, Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher of San Diego, says the measure will promote safe driving habits and reduce accidents.
Critics have expressed concern that the devices could be used to record conversations without the passengers’ knowledge.