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Using smartphone maps in the car legal, but worth the risk?

by GPS4US 2014-03-05 12:10

First of all, we have to point out that this whole situation could be avoided with a quick purchase of
a Garmin nuvi device.  Go ahead and take your pick. They all work.

However, we will tell you about an interesting court decision that came down late last week that
concedes it is legal to use the map on your cell phone while driving.

California laws prohibit texting while driving, and require a hands-free device to talk on the phone
when you’re on the road. In 2012, Steven Spriggs was pulled over and cited for using his cell phone map
while stuck in traffic.

Spriggs argued that he wasn’t violating laws because he wasn’t talking or texting.

Since using a paper map while driving is, somehow, legal in California, Spriggs fought his ticket by
bringing a paper map to court and demonstrating its follies to the judge. Somehow he lost that battle.
But he won his appeal last week.

Now, we don’t advocate using a paper map while you’re driving down the highway. Nor do we advocate
handling your iPhone to find a shorter route to your destination, legal as it may be in California.
Instead, it’s pretty clear that the smartest course of action is to get yourself a standalone GPS
device.

And, wouldn’t you know it,Garmin just released the HUD+, which projects turn-by-turn directions
directly onto a clear film on your windshield.

You’ll never run the risk of getting a ticket, and you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road.

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