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Cell Phone Laws Apply to GPS Use

May 2, 2013

Fred Thiagarajah

In People v. Spriggs, decided March 2013, the Appellate Division of the Fresno County Superior Court held that hands-on use of a cell phone’s GPS or other map feature while driving is included in the state’s law on not using a wireless telephone without a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle.  In layman’s terms, using the GPS or any mapping application in your cell phone with you hands, while driving, is a violation of the cell-phone driving law.  If you want to use GPS or Google Maps or any other application, you need to be able to do it without using your hands.

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