FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court said Thursday that it is fully legal for drivers to read a map on their hand-held cellphones while they are behind the wheel, even though other uses of mobile phones are illegal.
Thursday's ruling by the state's 5th District Court of Appeal reverses the conviction of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. That driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged his $165 fine with the appellate court.
In their explanation, the judges say that the law prohibiting people from talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device doesn't apply to looking at maps on cellphones.
The court says the law a California Highway Patrol officer used to give Spriggs a ticket applies specifically to people "listening and talking" on cellphones.
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