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California Bans Smartphone Maps Checking While Driving

California Bans Smartphone Maps Checking While Driving

Thinking about punching in updated directions on your smartphone while cruising in California? Think again. Over the years, states have been marching towards a highway system that's devoid of any texting, phone holding, etc. And that's a good thing, given that distracted driving can (and does) lead to far too many accidents. But if you're a smartphone owners, chances are high that you've taken a risk a time or two by punching in new directions on a GPS app while still in motion, or perhaps at a stoplight if you're one of the dutiful citizens of the road.


Now, however, a court ruling in California is making it illegal to use a mobile phone to check a GPS program. In other words, it may soon be illegal to use your phone as a navigational tool, as the court seems to lump that activity into the same camp as browsing the Internet while driving. That said, there are still loopholes that should make it okay for use in a completely handsfree scenario (as in, with use of a cradle + voice-activation), but if you ever have to reach down to touch your phone while driving, that's a no-no.

In all honesty, it's probably best for you to just go out and get a $10 universal cradle to begin with if your phone is your primary GPS device. Even if the law doesn't make its way fully into motion, it's always better to be safe than sorry on the roadways.
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Wow, good thing I don't live there. I specifically skipped getting a navigation system in my new car because I just use my phone.

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as a resident of CA this really sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT good luck trying to prove it. I use the navigation on my phone as well, I just leased my 4th car in a row a couple of weeks ago where I made sure not to purchase the navigation screen as it is useless and smartphones gps maps function WAY better and takes a fraction of the time to input data than an in dash system. I admit that I still txt occasionally while driving but 1-2 words max and entering an address is not any harder than that. Also I don't need a cradle because I have no reason to look at the map I just need the voice directions that pipe through my BT MS Sync system in the car.

From what I know though this has been always illegal any way. When a cop stops you using the excuse of "sorry officer I wasn't txting while driving I was checking my navigation and changing the podcast song" doesn't get you off the hook it's actually an admission of guilt for holding your phone while driving and it's still a ticket. Those who don't have BT and don't opt to get an earpiece also can't hold their phone in their hand even if they are holding the steering wheel and claim their phone was on speaker.

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So it's illegal to change directions in a phone GPS but nobody cares if you plug in a new address into a dedicated GPS device whilst driving even though it's just as distracting? Next thing you know it will be illegal to change songs on your iPod. Whatever, try and stop me coppers.

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KOwen:

So it's illegal to change directions in a phone GPS but nobody cares if you plug in a new address into a dedicated GPS device whilst driving even though it's just as distracting? Next thing you know it will be illegal to change songs on your iPod. Whatever, try and stop me coppers.

Lol California does some weird things. Im all for people being safe and actually watching the road but not everyone has a GPS built in to their car and if you have a smartphone their is no reason to buy a standalone one which you would be able to mess with anyways.

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Kowen, that isn't necessarily true. Many in-dash navigations don't allow you to input data while the car isn't in park unless you voice guided input. Also here in CA I believe it's also illegal to have anything suction cupped to your front windshield which includes any GPS or GPS cradle, you can't even have anything hanging off of your rearview mirror.

If it isn't hands free, no matter what it is, a cop can pull you over in CA, and for one I'm glad because there are still people who hold their phones to their ears to talk while driving.

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Damn. that is pretty rough. For cell phones im all about people doing it safely (hand-free) but you gotta atleast let some sort of mount on the dash or windshield or people will just take the risk and worse will happen.

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