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'Drive-by porn' to be outlawed? ^ | Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Posted on 04/05/2004 10:00:04 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

'Drive-by porn'
to be outlawed?

State looking to ban viewing obscene films while on road

Posted: April 5, 2004
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2004

The state Legislature of Tennessee is considering a law that would prohibit people from watching pornographic movies in their cars.

Ford Expedition among vehicles with video entertainment

The so-called "drive-by porn" bill, already OK'd by the state Senate, will be heard this week in the House Subcommittee on Civil Procedure and practice, the Tennessean reported.

Republican Sen. Mark Norris, sponsor of the Senate bill, is concerned about children in other vehicles being able to view pornography on the screens of in-car DVD players.

''Given the state of technology and people's interests these days, we felt like we needed a law to target this,'' Norris told the paper. ''It's up to you what you do in the privacy of your home or vehicle, but don't expose the people around you to it.''

Under the bill, violators would be subject to a $50 fine.

''I use [a DVD player] to keep the kids entertained on long trips or when they're really freaking out, but I wouldn't want my kids to look over and see an obscene movie in someone else's car,'' father Kevin Hipp of Nashville told the paper.

The state's American Civil Liberties Union is opposed to the bill, saying it doesn't clearly define ''obscene'' or ''patently offensive,'' the terms used in the bill. The group's Hedy Weinberg pointed out the First Amendment protects patently offensive material.

''What one person considers offensive may be fine to someone else,'' Hedy said, according to the report. ''Does law enforcement really want to go chasing down what people are watching in their cars? It seems like they have much more serious work to do.''

The Motion Picture Association of America also is opposed to the legislation.

''Theoretically, someone could say 'The Passion of The Christ' is patently offensive,'' Tony Thompson, a Nashville attorney and lobbyist for the MPAA, told the Tennessean.

''The movie companies I represent don't make obscene movies, and we're all for banning obscene movies in cars. But using the term 'patently offensive' could have unintended consequences.''

The issue of "drive-by porn" has gained national attention lately. According to the Nashville paper, last month a man in Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested for publicly displaying offensive material after police saw him viewing an adult movie in his sport utility vehicle. And in Flint, Mich., the City Council is considering a measure that would impose a $500 fine on drivers who play pornographic movies in their cars.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2004

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1 posted on 04/05/2004 10:00:05 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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2 posted on 04/05/2004 10:01:58 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!)
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Driving and watching TV is already illegal ain't it?

Those who watch porn in vehicles should have a scarlet warning on their back bumper: STAND BACK, PERVERT ON BOARD

3 posted on 04/05/2004 10:07:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Hey, I am on the internet. I have a right (cough, cough) to write stupid things.)
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Sen Norris is one of the GOOD guys. He was my senator until redistricting put me in sen john ford's district. sen ford is uncle to US rep harold ford JUNIOR.....dirty, crooked pols, kerry kool-aid drinkers.
4 posted on 04/06/2004 4:41:20 AM PDT by GailA (Kerry I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, but I'll declare a moratorium on the death penalty)
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