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.
Source: Associated Press