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  • California Permitting Drivers to Use Map Apps While Driving


    iPhone users and smartphone owners of all variety are now free to use map apps while driving in the State of California without fear of being fined for using their mobile device while operating a vehicle.

    Unlike texting while driving, a big no-no that carries with it a penalty under state law, utilizing a map app will not carry with it the potential of a similar fine.

    This reality became the new law of the land (at least on the Golden Coast) yesterday when the 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a motorist who was ticketed in January 2012 for using a map app on his iPhone 4 while driving. The man was subsequently slapped with a $165 fine.

    In their 18-page ruling, the appellate judges said California's law that prohibits people from talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device could have been written more clearly, but it doesn't apply to looking at maps on cellphones.
    As of this writing, it remains to be seen if the state attorney general's office will challenge Thursday's ruling to the California Supreme Court.

    Source: Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: California Permitting Drivers to Use Map Apps While Driving started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Xx_Illusions_xX's Avatar
      Xx_Illusions_xX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      They have radios to talk to other officers and dispatch... I see them texting or talking on cell phones that are for personal use while making turns without turn signals... Just saying they can be a better example... And regardless of their work schedule, if something is unsafe and or potentially dangerous, then officer or civilian should be held to the same standards in this regard...



      I also stated previously that I see them eating while driving while holding a phone to their ear with their shoulder... Is that not unsafe to you? On Hawaii island in a few year span we had 2 people hit and killed in crosswalks by police officers... They both say they weren't paying attention and were distracted at the time, but word around was both incidents the officers were using their personal devices at the time...
      Oh man they have other radios to talk to dispatch and other officers like they could totally talk to another department about classified information or other information from other cops that work in another town. Do you understand anything about law enforcement or are you one of those people who ciritize officers for everything? Oh man does that feel unsafe to you that they are using their phones? Oh my God man totally! After a 1 year academy that teaches them how to drive better then you I totally feel unsafe! People like you make me chuckle.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xx_Illusions_xX View Post
      Oh man they have other radios to talk to dispatch and other officers like they could totally talk to another department about classified information or other information from other cops that work in another town. Do you understand anything about law enforcement or are you one of those people who ciritize officers for everything? Oh man does that feel unsafe to you that they are using their phones? Oh my God man totally! After a 1 year academy that teaches them how to drive better then you I totally feel unsafe! People like you make me chuckle.
      I'm friends with a few officers here on Hawaii Island and my girlfriends family is comprised of law enforcement... I eat Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with multiple officers... I don't criticize cops for everything... I also don't feel unsafe that they are using their phones while driving... When I see cops get drunk at these dinners and then drive home with their children in the car it makes me mad... That's not cool to use their status as an officer to go above and beyond the laws they are to enforce... Trained drivers or not if it's illegal to drink and drive or text and drive then those should apply to an officer as well... Police here drive their own personal vehicles, they are notorious for not having their blue light turned on when driving on duty, they rarely use turn signals, make unsafe and illegal left turns where it's clearly marked no left turn (and they're not off to a call, they are just taking the faster easier route) and many of them like I said are multitasking with texting and eating while driving in a manner that is unsafe to others... 2 pedestrians hit and killed here in crosswalks with markings and lights so drivers know that pedestrians are crossing, and both times on duty officers without their blue light on, exceeding the posted speed limit by almost double and texting while just on patrol... Safety laws should be practiced by law enforcement and not just ignored so often because they have a badge and a gun... I bet if your loved one was hit in a crosswalk and killed by an officer who is not following basic safety laws (they give civilians tickets for) you might feel different... They are humans with uniforms and specialized training, but are still subject to the same human traits while driving as any of us... We can all easily be distracted and look down or away for a split second and then all the sudden a lil kid runs out in the street to chase a ball and then splat! because we looked away from the road for a split second... One year or ten years of an officer being trained to drive is useless if they are not paying attention to the road in front of them while trying to eat, text and drive faster than posted speed limits...