Another sign of the times legislates the mounting of Global Positioning Systems in cars. This new law allows portable devices to be mounted in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side of a vehicle or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the passenger side. These are the only two legal spots on the windshield where a GPS can be mounted after Jan. 1. The devices must be mounted outside of the area where an airbag would open in case of an accident.
An additional new law that we strongly support gives special parking privileges to veterans identified by their license plates as Pearl Harbor Survivors, former American Prisoners of War, and recipients of the Legion of Valor, Congressional Medal of Honor or Purple Heart. When approved by local authorities, they will be able to park their vehicles without charge in any metered parking space. It is estimated that there are fewer than 10,000 license plates in California that would be subject to the bill's provisions. Thus, it shouldn't cause any disruption to parking patterns, and is a nice way to show support for their distinguished service to our country.
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