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Maps ok to read on cellphones while driving, says California's 5th district Court of Appeal

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Maps ok to read on cellphones while driving, says California's 5th district Court of Appeal
A California state appeals court threw out a $165 ticket given to Steven Spriggs back in 2012, for looking at his Apple iPhone 4 while behind the wheel of his car, stuck in traffic. Spriggs was in a traffic jam created by construction, when he grabbed his smartphone to find an alternate route using a map on the handset. A California Highway Patrol officer spotted what he thought was an infraction of California's strict law prohibiting cellphone use behind the wheel, and wrote Spriggs the ticket.

But in an 18 page decision handed down Thursday by the 5th District Court of Appeal in California, the appellate judges said that while the law could have been written more clearly, it was obvious that it was not intended to cover those using their phone as a map. The law cited by the officer who ticketed Spriggs states that drivers can not use their phone for talking or listening while driving.

So don't worry next time you need to use a mapping app while driving in the state of California. The law, as of now, is on your side.

source: AP

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posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:52

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Killer on the road,..

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:23

2. Mrmark (Posts: 139; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Does that mean I can get my money back.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:29

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Well they should still be ticketed if they are using apple maps

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 21:23

4. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ummm, ok, but, it will be a distraction to drivers - in California, almost no one here knows how to drive a vehicle, properly and safely, and now the law says they can operate their vehicles while looking at their map app...
Now, they should make illegal to do so on a tiny iphone...3.5-4 inches of screen to look at a map is small...

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 22:32

5. jphillips63 (Posts: 171; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Really? And just how big do you think those window mounted gps units are?

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