Earlier ruling saying you could not use map function while driving - http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2013/0408/California-cou...
Latest ruling saying California ban on cell phone use does not include using map function -
The way I read the Mercury News story is that "glancing" at the map on a smartphone may not result in a ticket, but prolonged diversion of a driver's attention to set a route on a GPS would result in a ticket.
In my mind, that is what the term "distracted driving" means. It doesn't matter whether you're talking on the phone, reaching for something in the glove compartment, or staring at your reflection in the rear view mirror - you're not paying attention to the road.
If you're not paying sufficient attention to notice that there is a police car beside or behind you, you are guilty of distracted driving
so far, it is completely legal for me to operate my ham radios in the truck while driving. I carry documentation from the federal government that states I am performing a vital emergency preparedness role for all citizens. Still, it's best not to be flashing it around when the constabulary are present. No point having to prove my point in a court of law.
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