California was one of the first states in the U.S. to prohibit using a smartphone while driving, and now it has ruled that it is legal to use mobile devices to check maps.
Steven Spriggs was pulled over in the state of California while using his iPhone to look at his maps app while stuck in traffic. As a result, Spriggs received a $165 ticket as the officer interpreted it as using a smartphone while driving. According to the judge overseeing the case, the law specifically applies to “listening and talking” on a smartphone while driving.
The ruling also stated that the officer’s interpretation and that of lower courts is too broad and could bring “absurd results,” such as making it a “statutory violation for a driver to merely look at the telephone’s display.”
The decision helps narrow the state’s interpretation of the law and what can and can’t be done on a smartphone while driving.