California: Driving While Looking at Cellphone Maps Ruled Legal

California: Driving While Looking at Cellphone Maps Ruled Legal

On Thursday, an appeals court in California determined that drivers who engage in reading maps on cellphones while on the road are within their legal rights.

The ruling, which was decided by the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno, said that the current law barring drivers from using handheld phones should not be applicable to phones used for looking at maps. According to the court, the law only includes those drivers who are “listening and talking” by way of a cellphone. One individual from Fresno, Steven Spriggs, has already had a $165 fine reversed because of the ruling.

Written by Chris Bacavis

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