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GPD, GFD support Bill 136

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Guam's law enforcers fully support legislation that would prohibit video screens and monitors from being installed within view of a driver operating a motor vehicle. GFD Captain Andy Arceo testified on behalf of Acting Chief Mike Aguon, and Captain Paul Suba is division chief of the Guam Police Department's Highway Patrol.

Arceo said, "What I've come to see in the past year being stationed at Dededo fire station is a lot of the accidents are from distractions from people not necessarily watching a video screen in their vehicle but wanting to know what the other car is watching." Sub added, "We were surprised to see the increase in the number of in car videos, DVDs that are being placed particularly in full view of the driver.  The front seat passenger we're not as concerned as the driver.  There's too many distractions already, senators."

The measure would also provide exceptions such as displays for the purpose of vehicle information, GPS or mapping. More than 30 states nationally have this law in effect, and about a dozen have the same exemptions. Bill 136 was introduced by Senator Mana Silva Taijeron.

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