Not only is texting and holding your phone to your ear to talk illegal in the state of California, but now any cell phone use while driving is illegal, thanks to a recent court ruling in Fresno, California. A judge ruled that the law that bans texting and talking also applies to map applications.
A man by the name of Steven Spriggs challenged a citation for violating this law during a traffic stop in January 2012, claiming the law didn’t apply to him as he was getting directions and not texting or calling someone. California law 21123 states “a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”
Arguing that the specific section only applied to voice calls, Spriggs also pointed out that a statute was later added to cover texting, saying that the law should be revised again to cover uses like GPS and other mapping programs. Judge W. Kent Hamlin took a broad interpretation of the law, claiming that any hands-on interaction with a cell phone while driving is illegal.
Many drivers rely on their phones for mapping and GPS purposes, and even though many cars are equipped with navigation, there are a good number of vehicles that do not have this feature, leaving the driver with only so many alternatives. Does this interpretation of the law go too far or is this a fair ruling? Let us know in the poll below!
Source: Digital Trends