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A car with what appears to be a Starlink satellite dish on the hood

A car with what appears to be a Starlink satellite dish on the hood

Jul 052021

Hanging things that obstruct your vision from the windshield or rearview mirror is dangerous, the officers recall.

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) released photos on Friday of a car with a satellite antenna several tens of centimeters in diameter on the hood.

"Sir, I pulled you over because of that visual obstruction on the hood. Isn't it blocking your view while you're driving?" The officer who stopped the car asked, according to the statement. And the answer he got was: "Only when I turn right."

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Police did not clarify the origin of the antenna, although a representative of the patrol told CNBC that the driver used it to access the Internet. Meanwhile, the device in the photographs is similar to the antenna of the Starlink satellite Internet project, which is being deployed by Elon Musk's company SpaceX.

The officers remind that hanging things that obstruct the vision from the windshield or rear view mirror is not only dangerous, but it is prohibited by California law.

"It's about safety. These are the true stories of the Highway Patrol. Safe travel for all," they ask in the text.

A car with what appears to be a Starlink satellite dish on the hood

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