California Deems Smartphone Navigation Distracted Driving
Recent court decision in California makes it illegal to check smartphone maps except in cases of hands-free, voice-guided navigation.
In January 2012, Steve R. Spriggs was cited for violating California code 23123. That code reads, "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."
Spriggs wasn't talking on his telephone, however. Nor was he sending text messages, surfing the Internet or reading email. Instead, he was using it as a GPS device for navigation purposes. According to the officer who cited Spriggs, he was holding the smartphone in his hand while driving and navigating.
The facts in the case are not in dispute. Spriggs was indeed holding his wireless telephone and using it while driving. Read full story on InformationWeek
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