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Using a hands-on GPS while driving in California is now illegal

By Shawn Knight
Apr 8, 2013
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  1. Talking or text messaging while driving is already illegal in a number of states but that’s seemingly not enough for California officials. As such, lawmakers in The Golden State have passed a law making it illegal to use a hands-on...

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  2. Ok, so next law will be that you are not allowed to have passengers. Trust me some are way more distracting than cell phone.
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,970   +586

    As long as you are holding your phone below the dashboard, no cop is going to see it until he is right next to your car, by which moment you can throw it somewhere else or put in the pocket. Proving that you did would be impossible. That's what people are doing anyway.
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,147   +737

    'Doing right ain't got no end'.

    We all know texting and driving is a bad combo, but has GPS really caused a problem, or is this just another example of politicians protecting us from ourselves for no good reason?

    it's a good thing the weather is nice in CA cause with the taxes and laws, it must be rough living there.
     
  5. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,057   +918

    With the 1 handed zoom feature in Google Maps, this isnt really a danger.
     
  6. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Enthusiast Posts: 138   +24

    Guess who will become California's #1 Sponsor. Google Glass!!
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,331   +804

    Tell me about it, especially if she is wearing a mini skirt.
     
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,331   +804

    Nah it'll be Microsoft Monocle:cool:
     
  9. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I can understand the WHY behind this. However as a poster above pointed out. paraphrasing here "Do what you want just dont get caught". That appears to be a prevailing attitude around the country. Despite all the laws that tell ppl put your damn phone down and control that 2 ton beast your in, ppl still play a form of Russian Roulette. In my state (Nevada) I still see ppl refusing to use a Bluetooth headset. I know we have a ton of gambling, but really, why gamble with yours or someone elses life. None of us can state with absolute certainty that we are NOT distracted by a call/text/email. We take our eyes off the road for mere seconds, and something bad can happen. Im waiting because it will happen within a few years, someone will take out a crowd of kids because texting was more important then those childrens lives, it just unfortunate that its going to cost peoples lives. When that happends we will see a country wide ban on cellphone use in the car. As it stands, in my state you can recieve a ticket simply because you have no BlueTooth or hands free device in the car while having a cellphone in the car. Best bet......DONT TALK ON YOUR PHONE! DONT PLAY WITH YOUR GPS! The alternative is either a hefty fine or someone could die. Just turn off your phone/tablet when you get in the car. With GPS just get all your trip work done before you get on the road.
     
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,970   +586

    And now from the Rage Driving department... this year Angry Birds took lives of over 1000 drivers, along with their families, and even a few pets - some in the car with a drive-game-enjoying pet-lovers, and some unlucky under the car.

    Happy Gaming!
     
  11. Government can go to hell. Death to government, especially in the Peoples' Democratic Republic of California. Patriots should openly flout these laws. Dark tinted windows, anyone? Imagine, a state where one gay man can walk another naked on a leash down the street and that's fine, but chicken**** offenses are made up and prosecuted.
     
     
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,475   +624

    And then we all realise we look at our speedometer very often to avoid the excessive fines..and all issues of distraction fly out the window.
     
  13. Ok, so next time I'm driving I'll just break out my fold away map....yeah, that's much safer than mobile GPS.
     
  14. Just have to be careful when to use these devices. If you are on the open road by yourself its probably ok to send a quick text or enter new destination on a GPS. But if you are in heavy traffic moving at 80mph then put down the phone.
     
  15. Using a hands-on gps while driving practically same as texting/checking your email while driving..

    why you don't buy docking station that you can attach your phone to it..
     
  16. We have a solution! Go Hands Free with Dashboards to Desktops! Revolutionizing today's gadgetized vehicle by convenient functional gadgetry placement.
     


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