I'm not sure I see the practicality or even legality of a entertainment screen that is visible to the driver? Does anyone have any compelling thoughts on this issue?
Well with everything in life you have to exercise some judgment.
Do I drive around while watching the Matrix? No.
Do I play children's DVDs for GG Jr.? Yes, but you'll have to believe me when I say I am NOT watching them
Do I like to play music DVDs such as concerts and music video compilations? Yes, but it's usually when I'm commuting by myself on the same road I've driven thousands of times before that I could drive blindfolded, and I generally don't look at the screen except when I'm at a stop cuz I'm really more interested in the audio anyway. I do glance at it occasionally but the way it is positioned, it's practically a heads up display and is actually less of a distraction IMO than the MDX's trip computer or navi which is positioned below eye level such that you have to glance down from the road to see it. With the way my screen is positioned, it is in my peripheral vision such that I never have to look away from the road.
Do I like to watch T2 while chowing down at the Steak 'N Shake drive through? Yes.
Would I play The Road Warrior for my passengers while on a long highway drive? Yes.
Is it illegal? Probably yes, but so is speeding and not coming to a complete stop at stop signs
Would I want the teenager driving behind me in his Dad's Excursion to be playing Metallica on a set up like mine? No, it should be illegal!