California court okays reading maps on phones while driving

By Himanshu Arora ยท 16 replies
Feb 28, 2014
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  1. In a significant ruling, the California appeals court on Thursday declared (PDF) that it is perfectly legal for drivers to read digital maps on phones, even though state law restricts the use of phones while driving.

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  2. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    Is it illegal to look at a paper map and drive?
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Good news, now if anyone gets pulled over for looking at their phone, they can just open the map app before the cop gets to their window.
  4. Some cops should use common sense,he was stuck in traffic looking at his maps,if he was doing 50mph in a built up area then he should be given a ticket.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    That would be hard to explain, if you were holding that map to your ear. :/
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Common Sense? XD

    But agreed totally, this is just stupid, if he was in traffic then surely he's technically stationary?
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If I was the cop I wouldn't have fined him for using a digital map but rather for using an Apple phone. The last time I read about iSheep using Apple phones for directions they were being directed onto busy airport runways and they were happily following directions. Typical of Apple fans.
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    In Oz you aren't allowed to hold the phone. It must be in a mount. Makes more sense than what app is running.

    And really if you are holding a paper map and driving that is pretty irresponsible...
  9. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    it's ****ing stupid whether it's illegal or not
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    Since when when does the spirit of the law trump its wording?
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    Um, what exactly do you mean by that.....?:p
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    Law is purposed with maintaing order and security. Traffic laws, for example, are intended to keep traffic flowing efficiently and prevent accidents. The spirit of traffic law, then, is to keep things functional and safe.

    Now, try explaining that to the compliance officer with the radar gun who's just clocked you doing 95 on an empty expressway at 3AM.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    Point taken. But, I was just busting your b***s.

    It is absurd though, to permit one type of cell phone activity and not another.

    Or rather, it's absurd to permit any type of cell phone activity whatsoever.

    Here you have two viable choices:
    1. keep up with traffic, and hope for the best with respect to destination.

    2. Pull over at the earliest possible opportunity, and then use your phone or GPS device, in an attempt to get your bearings.

    And a third, not really viable or prudent choice. Read the map while you're moving, and perhaps cut across two or three lanes of high speed traffic, when the phone tells you you're about to miss your exit, and it's on the other side of the highway.

    I'm retired, therefore I have no need to travel during the rush hours. But, people do get killed day in, and day out, doing stupid s***, similar to what I just described. I'm very grateful I can sit in front of my TV, and watch the carnage from home.;)

    From what I've seen the past couple of decades, I haven't a clue, what power of sorcery or bribe, has even allowed many of my fellow Kamikazes to even obtain a driver's license....:confused:
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757


    I once saw a girl get licensed who hardly managed to navigate the testing vehicle around the DMV's "obstacle course", forcing me to conclude that it's just another tax scheme. After all, he who has a license probably has a car, meaning he also pays for tags, gas taxes, and traffic tickets.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Don't forget Insurance, they want you on the road no matter how well you can drive.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    One terribly tragic,"side effect", of mandatory car insurance, is rendering a pedestrian's life, not worth a plug nickel.

    Just hit somebody? Better hightail it! The chances of you being charged with vehicular homicide, are exponentially greater, when it comes to light, your drivers license is suspended, you're DUI, and you've got no insurance. Plus, even if you're doing everything right, your insurance rates will skyrocket!

    And while I'm certainly not saying that lack of mandatory insurance is the sole issue, I do believe it's a strong contributing factor to all the reported pedestrian fatalities, which seem to be escalating of late.
  17. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    We need to invite an app that disguises text messages into an app. Maybe new messages can be cleverly disguised as street names etc :D

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