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California Court Rules Drivers Can Read Cellphone Maps

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A California appeals court says it's legal for drivers to read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.

Thursday's ruling by the state's 5th District Court of Appeal reverses the conviction of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. That driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged his $165 fine with the appellate court.

In their explanation, the judges say that the law prohibiting people from talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device doesn't apply to looking at maps on cellphones.

The court says the law a California Highway Patrol officer used to give Spriggs a ticket applies specifically to people "listening and talking" on cellphones.

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bbqstud | February 28, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Again our liberal court system makes a dmbsht decision. What is the difference if someone is looking down at their cell phone to text or looking down at their cell phone to look at a map? NO difference to me but I guess if you run into someone and kill them while looking for your local Starbucks on your navigation it is better than if you were talking/texting your girl/boy friend and asking them if they still love you.

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tarfu7 | February 28, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. ― 3 years ago

bbqstud: How was this a "liberal court" decision? It directly limits the government's ability to regulate your behavior.

I thought conservatives wanted the government out of our lives.... isn't this a victory for freedom?

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