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California Court Bans Checking Maps On Your Phone While Driving

Written by on 4/8/2013 2:35 AM . It has 1 Comments.

In California, you can now be pulled over for using the map application on your smart phone while driving. Building upon 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 telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails." These distracted driving laws have a mixed history of effectiveness. In 2010, a study in the American Journal of Public Health found that "Any reduction in accidents following texting bans is short-lived, however, with accidents returning to near former levels within a few months." The most recent study, however, found that such laws are "moderately successful," but only if they are strictly enforced. The study, to be published in next month’s American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, only looked at scenarios where the blame could be squarely placed on (digitally) distracted drivin ...


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