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Calif. court: Motorist canít use hand-held map
Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 5:57 PM EDT | Paul Elias

Posted on 04/08/2013 7:07:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.

He was startled when he looked up and saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer ordering him to pull over. He showed the officer that he was looking at a map and not texting or talking.

“Pull over,” Spriggs recalled the officer as saying. “It’s in your hand.”

A little more than a year later, Spriggs is at the heart of a novel court case that has technology blogs and social media sites buzzing about the $160 ticket plus court costs he was ordered to pay for “distracted driving.” …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: california; distracteddriving; driving; dwtexting; fascism; fresno; frivolouslaws; fruitsandnuts; lofan
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1 posted on 04/08/2013 7:07:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I see the cops’ point, but this is certainly no more distracting than trying to follow a paper map.

Texting, OTOH, I agree is totally unacceptable while driving. Found this out after a very close call myself.

Don’t do it.


2 posted on 04/08/2013 7:11:38 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Ironic that cops use all kinds of devices while they drive.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 7:14:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Oh but they’re trained and professional drivers /droll sarcasm


4 posted on 04/08/2013 7:15:39 PM PDT by Frapster (There you go again...)
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To: driftdiver

Except Reason and some common sense don’t forget they are really just revenue collectors


5 posted on 04/08/2013 7:15:58 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Sherman Logan

But being stopped in traffic and checking out the iPhone for a way around the mess? Not exactly driving, there. Looks like Fresno is defining a motorist as anyone who merely sits in the driver’s seat.


6 posted on 04/08/2013 7:16:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
My favorite navigator on iphone is WAZE because you can report police real-time with it and get the alerts of them on voice and map.

We have a exception for Nav devices here but if I was in CA I would hold the phone out of view of the windows,

7 posted on 04/08/2013 7:16:24 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: driftdiver
I was driving through Chicago a couple of years ago. State cop drove by me while she was talking on a cell phone up to her ear. In Chicago you must have a hands free device.

There are different laws for us and them.

8 posted on 04/08/2013 7:17:22 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: Olog-hai

If the map says you’re in California, you’re lost.


9 posted on 04/08/2013 7:17:40 PM PDT by februus
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To: Olog-hai
Looks like Fresno is defining a motorist as anyone who merely sits in the driver’s seat.

That's the standard for DUI. In some states, anyway. You can be arrested if parked and asleep if you're even in the front seat. Get in the back and you're ok.

10 posted on 04/08/2013 7:17:50 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Olog-hai
But being stopped in traffic and checking out the iPhone for a way around the mess? Not exactly driving, there. Looks like Fresno is defining a motorist as anyone who merely sits in the driver’s seat.

If you can get a DUI without actually driving, but just being in a parked car while intoxicated, this isn't a stretch.

11 posted on 04/08/2013 7:18:27 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: driftdiver

They are the worst! I see it a lot.


12 posted on 04/08/2013 7:19:23 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sherman Logan

Paper map reading is dangerous too. It’s just that few persons did it back then so it was not a measurable bump in accidents.

Too many people text, which Liberty Mutual equates with driving at triple the legal blood alcohol level.

Map reading has to be as bad as texting. The map has to load, accurate scrolling and swiping gestures are needed. It’s just not worth it.

Somehow, built in navigation systems and hands free phone conversations get a pass.


13 posted on 04/08/2013 7:19:51 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Olog-hai

When I am at a red light that I know will be long in duration, I check my phone for email. I don’t really feel distracted. I put it down when the light turns green.

I wish common sense were the rule and not the exception.


14 posted on 04/08/2013 7:29:31 PM PDT by bubbacluck (You don't drive out the darkness; you turn on the light.)
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To: cicero2k
The map has to load, accurate scrolling and swiping gestures are needed. It’s just not worth it...

When flying small aircraft, electronic maps are all the rage... whether built-in or not. Of course, if you are in cloud, and you've got nothing else, the cop can't see 'ya

15 posted on 04/08/2013 7:45:16 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: driftdiver

The Outer Party members always get a few privileges. Like guns they can keep at home.


16 posted on 04/08/2013 7:46:10 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: liege

How do you know that the light has turned green?


17 posted on 04/08/2013 7:47:22 PM PDT by Misterioso ("The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Olog-hai

I have a 200 channel scanner. It is one of those which have a lot of frequencies which are no longer allowed. I hardly ever use it unless a cop car comes by with lights and siren.

I heard one a few months ago who had pulled over a motorist for not signaling a turn. From my window at my computer I can see an intersection of two rural highways. I started watching and so far not a single cop car has signaled a turn. Not a single one.


18 posted on 04/08/2013 7:49:27 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Sherman Logan

“no more distracting than trying to follow a paper map”

Man that used to scare the dickens out of me when I would try to use a map while driving LOL!


19 posted on 04/08/2013 7:56:20 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Misterioso
How do you know that the light has turned green?

The car behind me honks, in a New York second.

20 posted on 04/08/2013 7:59:55 PM PDT by bubbacluck (You don't drive out the darkness; you turn on the light.)
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