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California says you cant check maps on your phone incar


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 9 Apr 2013

pocketgpsworld.com
A California court has ruled that it is illegal to check maps on a phone whilst driving as it is a violation of their distracted driving law. Whilst this clarification of the law has caused caused a lot of outraged headlines, the finer detail is a little less surprising.

The courts ruling suggests that the legislation, where it concerns navigation apps, simply requires that the phone be mounted in a holder and operated hands-free. The phone cannot be touched by the driver.

So, whilst this is not a complete ban on the use of smartphone navigation, the distracted driving law is a bit of a mess though. Drivers are permitted to check paper maps but not those on a smartphone!

As is often the case, the finer points are open to interpretation, so much so that the court suggested it would be down to the state's lawmakers to clarify these issues if necessary.



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Posted by M8TJT on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:05 am Reply with quote

News Team Wrote:
Drivers are permitted to check paper maps but not those on a smartphone!
Ah, so reading a paper map whilst driving is not in the slightest distracting then? Shocked Rolling Eyes
News Team Wrote:
the finer points are open to interpretation, so much so that the court suggested it would be down to the state's lawmakers to clarify these issues if necessary.
Sounds a bit like the EU doesn't it? Wouldn't it be good if the EU 'allowed interpretation by the state's lawmakers'


 
Posted by sussamb on Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:21 am Reply with quote

It's also illegal here ... operating the phone while driving Wink


 
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