Companies move to ban cellphones while driving - The Bulletin

People of all ages move from place-to-place looking at smartphones, checking apps, maps, music, email, texting, speaking; it’s a common sight to see people looking at their phones while sitting at red lights. Police officers are trained to check immediately for cellphone use at the scene of accidents as texting has become a common driving distraction; and the dangers from distracted driving are real.

An updated 50-state chart of cellphone and texting-while-driving laws.

Because people reach for their cellphones while driving, it is important to know the scope and limitations of the rule against cellphone use. We know technology is moving faster than the law—what about touchscreens that operate a cellphone like tuning a radio? What about holding a phone in speaker mode? What can you do and what can you not do?


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Call to penalise drivers harder for using cellphones while driving as road toll soars ..

In People v. Spriggs (2014), 224 Cal. App. 4th 150, the Court of Appeal reviewed the case of a driver cited for using his phone’s GPS application while in heavy traffic. The DA argued that the driver clearly violated the statute by using a handheld device while driving. The danger of distracted driving, he argued, was as real as looking at a map as holding a phone. The trial court agreed and fined the driver for violating California Vehicle Code §23123. But the Court of Appeal reversed, stating that California Vehicle Code §23123, only prevented drivers from engaging in conversation while driving unless the phone was used in a hands-free manner. The Legislature, the Court held, was not even thinking about maps or navigation aids at the time. So they couldn’t have intended to preclude uses they never imagined.


Cell Phone Safety: Mobile Phone Radiation Linked to …

Cars and cellphones: where do you draw the lines? Most Californians know by now: it’s against the law to talk on a handheld phone while driving. It is easy to know that you’re in compliance with the law if you have two hands on the wheel. As technologies become more and more sophisticated, touchscreens on your dashboard access not only radio and sound systems and music libraries, but also internet, text and written and dictated emails. While Siri and other helpers have made it possible to communicate with two hands on the wheel, the violations unfortunately are too frequent, and the consequences too often serious and tragic.

Ask a Cop: Is It Legal to Text While at a Stoplight

Because people reach for their cellphones while driving, it is important to know the scope and limitations of the rule against cellphone use. We know technology is moving faster than the law—what about touchscreens that operate a cellphone like tuning a radio? What about holding a phone in speaker mode? What can you do and what can you not do?

Cellphones driving modern humans to the brink of …

People of all ages move from place-to-place looking at smartphones, checking apps, maps, music, email, texting, speaking; it’s a common sight to see people looking at their phones while sitting at red lights. Police officers are trained to check immediately for cellphone use at the scene of accidents as texting has become a common driving distraction; and the dangers from distracted driving are real.

Texans Disagree on Texting-Driving Ban - The New York …

The Boesch Law Group has seen this issue from all sides—defending those accused of distracted driving, and litigating civil claims against cellphone users who cause .