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Ohio Traffic Law Question: Is there any law in the state of

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Ohio Traffic Law Question:
Is there any law in the state of Ohio that says I can’t have a Nikon Coolpix camera and a cell phone on the dash of my car? Is there any law that says I can’t video anything that I want including police? I don't want to get a ticket for not knowing the law. I am really curious on this. I have a picture of my setup if you need to see it.

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This is a complicated area of the law, and unfortunately police officers will interpret laws in ways that benefit themselves. Strictly speaking, Ohio does not have a law that prohibits the use of a video recording device in a vehicle, nor does Ohio have a law that prohibits the recording of police officers (some states do). However, there are a couple of restrictions. First, the recording can only take place in a public place where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. This would include most roadways. Second, the video recording cannot interfere with the performance of the police officer's job duties. This could only be an issue if you position your vehicle to record police in such a way that it could interfere with a police investigation. I imagine this is just for your own personal use and that is not an issue. Your setup should be completely legal under Ohio law.

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This is a complicated area of the law, and unfortunately police officers will interpret laws in ways that benefit themselves. Strictly speaking, Ohio does not have a law that prohibits the use of a video recording device in a vehicle, nor does Ohio have a law that prohibits the recording of police officers (some states do). However, there are a couple of restrictions. First, the recording can only take place in a public place where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. This would include most roadways. Second, the video recording cannot interfere with the performance of the police officer's job duties. This could only be an issue if you position your vehicle to record police in such a way that it could interfere with a police investigation. I imagine this is just for your own personal use and that is not an issue. Your setup should be completely legal under Ohio law.

Please let me know if there anything else I can help you with. If not, and you were pleased with my service, I would appreciate if you could approve my answer and give me a positive rating.