Those of you that live in California might be interested to learn that you can now be pulled over for using their GPS while driving. Say what? This is extending on California's current ban on texting while driving, an appellate court in California v. Spriggs argued that the "distraction would be present whether the wireless technology was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock, or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails." While that might be true, how are you going to get places now if you aren't using GPS?
In this case, the judge left it open as to whether the law should also apply to checking things like email, or whether drivers could safely use a hands-free version of GPS. But the National Safety Council warns "there is no research or evidence that indicates voice-activated technologies eliminate or even reduce the distraction to the drivers' mind."
So, how many of you are "distracted" when using Google Maps to find your way around strange cities or in other countries? I know I've never really been distracted while using it. Now sending emails, text messages, etc., I've been distracted while doing that before. So I can see how that could be banned. Is the State of California taking this no texting while driving ban a bit to far? Personally, I think not. We already have drivers out there that get distracted without having their smartphone in their hand, so one less thing to distract them is always a good thing.
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