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Unread 02-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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So my friend and I have been wanting to make a driving in the night time (fast forwarded movie). So I've decided I want to get a GoPro Motorsports camera kit. However I can't seem to find out if it is legal for me to mount the camera on the exterior of my car.

I've done a ton of Googling, which gave me results for California, and then I went to the Illinois State Police website which was absolutely no help at all because it only had answers related to owning firearms...Anyone have any information, I realize its a very specific question, but I figure I'd try here, since you guys are pretty experienced and educated in the automotive department .

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EDIT: We wont be doing any racing or illegal things, we just simply want to film some night time driving is all.
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I know nothing about Illinois law.

Here you can mount anything to the exterior of your vehicle, however it is at the cop's discretion if it constitutes a danger to anyone. You would then be warned or ticketed.

I've seen many driving videos posted on local forums.

In the real world if it doesn't stick way out or present a danger to pedestrians, and you are not driving so it attracts attention you should have no problem.
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I know nothing about Illinois law.

Here you can mount anything to the exterior of your vehicle, however it is at the cop's discretion if it constitutes a danger to anyone. You would then be warned or ticketed.

I've seen many driving videos posted on local forums.

In the real world if it doesn't stick way out or present a danger to pedestrians, and you are not driving so it attracts attention you should have no problem.
Cool, I figured it wouldn't be a huge issue considering the camera is pretty small, as is the mount it comes with so. I know especially that it wont be any more obnoxious than a gigantic hood scoop, and spoiler that seem to obstruct vision way more than a tiny camera.

In any case, I might ask one of the cops that hang out at my local 7-11 and see what they say about it.

Thanks again for the input.
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Of course that advise will cost you,...


...you have to post videos for us to see
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Of course that advise will cost you,...


...you have to post videos for us to see
I need to get the GoPro first and wait for it to be...not stupid weather outside.

But when that happens, you guys will be first to see :smil3dbd4e4c2e742:
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Before I forget, I'd like to ask another law related question, which I think has more to do with the every state rather than IL.

I plan on clearing my headlights, in other words, removing the amber colored reflector in the headlight housing. I AM keeping the amber bulb, just removing the reflector. I believe from what I've read is that as long as the bulb is the right color it shouldn't matter too much about the reflector?

Any thoughts?

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Some cops will be overly pedantic about it. Some don't care. I'm in tennessee so it probably has no effect on the situation in IL, but my left turn signal bulb is white and hangs down between the bumper and bodywork. Flashes white. Nobody's ever pulled me over to whine about it.
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Many things that people change are technically not legal, where it comes down to whether to harassed or not is if it "looks" like you modded it.

If it looks like it could have come that way you often get away with not being bothered.
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