Court: No, You Can't Check Map on Phone While Driving
California appeals court says it's basically the same as texting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2013 4:01 PM CDT
Sorry, you still can't do this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're pulled over for texting while driving in California, don't try to use "But I was just looking at a map!" as an excuse. An appeals court in the state ruled late last month that using a mobile device to look at a map or directions is still not OK while driving, All Things D reports. Basically, using a wireless device "while holding it in [your] hand" and driving—no matter what you're doing—is a no-no, the court ruled. The case in question involved a man, Steven Spriggs, who was pulled over while using the GPS function on his phone, ABC News reports. (Meanwhile, a new survey finds that distracted driving laws aren't working.)

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NYUFan
Apr 11, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
NO phone use while driving. NONE. NADA. NEIN. NYET!
jagerhans
Apr 9, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
«using a wireless device "while holding it in hand" and driving—no matter what you're doing—is a no-no» fine, buy a vehicular cell phone stand if you plan to make use of GPS then. they're cheap AND helpful. enable the speakerphone for phone calls; use voice commands to make calls whenever possible.
ApolitickalExtremist
Apr 9, 2013 4:53 AM CDT
So GPS is okay, but not GPS on your phone. Makes complete sense. I'll just start pulling out my HUGE Thomas Guides again which block my entire windshield, you know - safety first. The pigs are at the trough again.