California Court Decides Drivers Can Read Cellphone Maps

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, violators will be ticketed
Starting Jan. 1, 2012, violators will be ticketed
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Updated: 2/28/2014 11:54 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- 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.

Trooper Dan Lopez with NHP doesn't think the same thing will happen here because Nevada's law is much more specific about what you can and can't on the phone while driving. Trooper Lopez says it's illegal to have your phone in your hand really for any reason.

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Kramer - 2/28/2014 4:30 PM
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the Court didn't 'decide' this, it merely interpreted the law as written. CHP can ticket for any distracted driving (if it is justifiable); the specific case involved someone stopped at a light checking a map. This was like a ticket for drinking a Non-Alcoholic bre- really depends on the circumstances. Complain all U want about the NV law, Bcause it just covers all the bases: "viewer discretion advised"

old girl - 2/28/2014 3:56 PM
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When someone reading a cellphone map crashes into you remember that.

taxpaying mom - 2/28/2014 3:27 PM
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Our law is just stupid. If you can read a map why can't you use your cell as one? Very unfair to people who understand and know how to use technology by a bunch of old tech scared dinosaurs who should have been voted out ages ago.

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