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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.

    Originally Posted by :
    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. ukblake's Avatar
      ukblake -
      That makes absolutely no sense.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      The story was that he was ticketed while in a traffic jam, pulled out his smartphone to seek an alternative route using his map app. A cop saw him using his device and issued a citation. Unbelievable.

      The incident that ensnared Spriggs happened when he was stopped by roadwork. He had grabbed his cellphone to find an alternate route when a California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle spotted him and wrote the ticket.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      HAHA! I don't know whats more absurd, the cop that gave the ticket or the law that may be passed??
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I see cops holding a phone to their ear while driving all the time... I see them texting while eating and driving... The cops need to be held to the same laws... They are pretty vigilant about ticketing drivers here on Hawaii Island for using electronic devices... It's around a $100 fine for using an electronic device here whether texting, talking, using a map app or changing songs, anything... These laws are good in many ways but also need to factor in certain things... Tourists here in Hawaii should use map apps more or rent a gps unit because they are the most unsafe drivers around (after the local construction guys and fisherman drunk as f#*k in big trucks.) Every time I fly to Oahu and drive around Honolulu, map apps make my driving around much safer as I'm not lost or confused as to where to turn and when...
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      This really is the problem with laws like these in the first place. There are a lot more uses than talking and texting for our smartphones nowadays, and that functionality will only increase as time goes on.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      she's hot... she'll get off the ticket ;-)
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^ lol
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I don't see why you guys disapprove of this... The same way Garmin isn't illegal, an app on your phone like Google Maps or Apple Maps + Siri shouldn't be illegal. If I want directions, I shouldn't have to buy a $65 Garmin or a map. My phone can take me around the globe, and I will use it whenever I want regardless of the law.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Drivers shouldn't be permitted to do anything but look out their windshield. Glad I don't live in that state I see lots of people about to get rear ended in traffic soon.
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Drivers shouldn't be permitted to do anything but look out their windshield. Glad I don't live in that state I see lots of people about to get rear ended in traffic soon.
      Hah! You're funny, and naive! A much larger problem is undocumented drivers without licenses or insurance. People text and drive all day long, at least here in southern Cali. What do you think about vehicles that come with backup cameras and built-in gps nav systems? Should those only be accessible with the vehicle in park?! 😂
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      You guys noticed she has a built in GPS system but prefers to use her phone?
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      This is stupid. I bet she was actually texting, but when the cop pulled her over she switched to a map app and said, "but officer, I wasn't texting. I was just getting directions."

      I see so many people on their phones while driving it blows my mind. They look drunk swerving all over the road and when I go to pass them, they're on their phones.

      Phones + driving = STUPID

      Oh I'm sorry, that text must be more important than your or my life...
    1. spectrum's Avatar
      spectrum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      Hah! You're funny, and naive! A much larger problem is undocumented drivers without licenses or insurance. People text and drive all day long, at least here in southern Cali. What do you think about vehicles that come with backup cameras and built-in gps nav systems? Should those only be accessible with the vehicle in park?! 😂
      You're not funny. Backup cameras are for backing up. Yes, anything but looking out the window should be illegal especially for people in southern Cali. If you've ever seen people make stupid moves in a car, notice that nine times out of ten they are doing something with their phone at the same time.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      This whole safety while driving is a joke, they want to ban the use of a phone while driving. I've seen people eating, putting on makeup, using road maps, trying to get something from the back seat. The list goes on and on, cell phones is what people are using, so it's an easy way for states to get money. Also what's the difference between using a CB or a phone? I see truck drivers use them all the time.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      She not using maps. Her shift at the strip club went late, so she's gotta text her first john of the day to let him know.
    1. Xx_Illusions_xX's Avatar
      Xx_Illusions_xX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      I see cops holding a phone to their ear while driving all the time... I see them texting while eating and driving... The cops need to be held to the same laws... They are pretty vigilant about ticketing drivers here on Hawaii Island for using electronic devices... It's around a $100 fine for using an electronic device here whether texting, talking, using a map app or changing songs, anything... These laws are good in many ways but also need to factor in certain things... Tourists here in Hawaii should use map apps more or rent a gps unit because they are the most unsafe drivers around (after the local construction guys and fisherman drunk as f#*k in big trucks.) Every time I fly to Oahu and drive around Honolulu, map apps make my driving around much safer as I'm not lost or confused as to where to turn and when...
      "I see cops holding a phone to their ear while driving all the time." Yea because they need to contact other agencies, Sergeant, and other important people not to talk about gossip, and other stupid things. "I see them eating." Are you kidding me? All they do all day is going on calls and have little time to eat.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      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...

      Quote Originally Posted by Xx_Illusions_xX View Post
      "I see cops holding a phone to their ear while driving all the time." Yea because they need to contact other agencies, Sergeant, and other important people not to talk about gossip, and other stupid things. "I see them eating." Are you kidding me? All they do all day is going on calls and have little time to eat.
      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...
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Drivers shouldn't be permitted to do anything but look out their windshield. Glad I don't live in that state I see lots of people about to get rear ended in traffic soon.
      My volvo has CITY SAFETY it auto brakes when u too close to car in front of you. It saved my *** 4 times in 6 months while I was texting and driving.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      My volvo has CITY SAFETY it auto brakes when u too close to car in front of you. It saved my *** 4 times in 6 months while I was texting and driving.
      I didn't even know that was an available feature... That's pretty cool...
    1. Steen's Avatar
      Steen -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      My volvo has CITY SAFETY it auto brakes when u too close to car in front of you. It saved my *** 4 times in 6 months while I was texting and driving.
      Lol, so you are admitting your car is smarter than you; dare I say more responsible? Seriously, what an idiotic thing to say or rely on! People get killed by textiots.


      Over the years I've been rear ended three times: The first was a person talking on a phone; the other two were textiots.

      Due to the fact your insurance is null and void if you are caught texting at the time of an accident, and in some states committing a criminal offense, you are not covered and open to civil suites and charges. It's called negligence. Look it up.

      Its all very cavalier until you plow into somebody at full speed with there children in the back seat, push them into an intersection, then they get T-boned... just so you can blither on in some inconsequential meaningless conversation.

      Just an FYI.