Courts Rules Cell Phone GPS Use While Driving is Illegal

In California, the police are vigilant in looking for those who are violating the hands-free driving laws. Amber Alert systems often flash messages about the cost of a texting and driving or talking and driving ticket in this state. Because of the constant dangers of distraction with cell phone, California law maintains that drivers should not have a phone in their hand when behind the wheel.

Recently, citizens in the state started wondering whether or not the hands-free law applies to the use of a GPS on a phone for directions. Now that iPhones and Androids have GPS systems built into the phone, most people are not purchasing separate GPS devices for their cars. Instead, they simply punch in the address on their smartphone and look at the device as they drive, hoping that they will arrive safely at their destination.

Now, police have determined that it is illegal to use a GPS that is on a cell phone while in the car. California courts have declared that it is illegal to have your hands on a cell phone when in a car, no matter what the reason for the cell phone use. Police suggest that drivers use hands free GPS systems in order to get their directions, or ask for a passenger in the car to act as the navigator. According to recent history, California banned cell phones and driving in 2008. In 2010, the state enacted a no texting ban.

Now, the government says it is illegal to ask the phone for directions. It is also illegal to e-mail while driving, check apps such as Instagram and Facebook, or look up the weather and other important information while driving. Still, government authorities say that those who want to use a GPS should keep their eyes on the road and make sure to use a voice activated system. If you have received a traffic ticket for using a handheld GPS, then you may be able to contest the ticket if you were not aware of the law. Talk to a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at Diamond & Associates today to get more information about traffic offenses and criminal defense.