A California court ruled today that using your phone's map app is legal which can only help poor tourists trying to navigate the state's ridiculous freeway system.
Fear no more, because The Fifth District Court of Appeal in California ruled using your phone to navigate the roads is, in fact, legal in the state. Steven Spriggs was ticketed in January 2012 for using a maps app on his iPhone 4 while he was stuck in traffic, but the appellate court decided that using a map app does not break California's laws against cell phone use in cars.
California is among the 41 states that bans texting while driving, with similarly strict laws against talking behind the wheel, too. The appellate court decided using a map does not fall under those restrictions.
Generally multi-tasking while driving is one of the worst possible things you can do behind the wheel. But sometimes you're alone, and you don't know where you're going, and so peeking at the map on your phone is a necessary evil. We've all been there, even though the guilt for using your phone while driving remains in the back of your mind. Oprah would be so disappointed! Now the Californians don't need to worry about remembering weaving, head-spinning directions:
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