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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: California says you can't check maps on your phone in-car Reply with quote

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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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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: California says you can't check maps on your phone in-ca 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'
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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