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California Court: Drivers Can Read Cellphone Maps

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A California appeals court says it's legal for drivers to read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.
Thursday's ruling by the state's 5th District Court of Appeal reverses the conviction of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. That driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged his $165 fine with the appellate court.
In their explanation, the judges say that the law prohibiting people from talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device doesn't apply to looking at maps on cellphones.
The court says the law a California Highway Patrol officer used to give Spriggs a ticket applies specifically to people "listening and talking" on cellphones.

CHP begs to differ.

"The court ruling really won't affect our enforcement at all."

CHP Spokesman Sean Wilkenfeld says two eyes on the road and not your smartphone is still the distracted driving standard by which they'll charge. "Even if you look down at your phone for half a second you're still doing 65 miles an hour at the freeway blind because you aren't looking at the road."

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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