California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Drivin

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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby xd-data-ii » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:52 am

Waze just needs the buttons to be bigger and better use of screen area to quickly get rid of menus and pop up.
The share drive for example feature needs an option added of one click message/email etc to a set up favorite contact(s) or groups of contacts. It's dangerous and cumbersome the way it is and not many people will do this whilst vehicle is stationary. Also nice to have it (as an option) message people individually than as a message sent as a group text that everyone gets replies to.
A custom voice command for this would also be nice.
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby xd-data-ii » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:19 pm

Well what's it saying? Seems to say that you can't pickup your phone and use it in your hand. That's reasonable.
And if you have it fixed to a mounting device on your dash is it ok to have it on and doing its thing ( you set what you want before you start driving)?
Or is it saying if you even look at the phone on this mounting device that would be a violation? And if your phone screen is lit up and on a dash mounting device is that a violation?
I guess cops will just make it up how they like (as usual).

So in waze setting your route before you drive is ok but pressing the screen to do any reports in the app is illegal.

Would like to see a far better, quicker and more advanced voice functions of waze then with lots more commands (even personal macro type ones).
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby Spil » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:30 am

Great, Cali did something stupid, guess what state's going to be stupid enough to do it next. :roll:
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby SocalToe » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:19 am

Keep the phone below the windows and don't touch if a cop is around..............
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby SillyGoat » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:39 am

Usually I am an advocate for safer roads and less distracted driving. However, using a GPS system like Waze actually increases my vigilance and attention on the road. I am on the lookout for hazards and traffic up ahead. I glance to my map to make sure every thing is okay, and it serves as a constant visual reminder of driving safely.
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby razor2k » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:27 am

SocalToe wrote:Keep the phone below the windows and don't touch if a cop is around..............


We already do that in Florida! 8-)

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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby razor2k » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:31 am

gohamstergo wrote:Correct on first point, can have screen on and doing its thing, but no touchy feely.

Second point doesn't matter since you have to touch SOMETHING to start the voice actions haha. California screws you either way, do even try to beat them, or they'll make anything you try to do illegal too.

This just in: California to Begin Charging Air-Fare. All gyms close, all marathons cancelled.


What's the old saying?..."As California goes...so does the rest of the Country"

Damn shame! :cry:
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby PhantomSoul » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:36 am

Doesn't California already ban attaching anything to the windshield or otherwise mounting it in way that it would protrude over the profile of the windshield (except of course, for your rear view mirror)?

In all fairness, even glancing for a split-second at your "sub-windshield-mounted" phone screen, without taking your hands off the wheel or trying to dictate anything to the phone, is technically a distraction from driving. I don't know, however, how any court will practically ever be able to prove that a wreck was caused specifically because someone just glanced at their phone for a split second.
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:30 am

This is a typical case of the media blowing the truth out of proportion. If you read the actual court document, you will find:
Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 0002345 wrote:Officer Jack Graham and appellant each testified that, while driving, appellant was cited for looking at a map on his cellular phone while holding the phone in his hand.

Frankly at that point holding the phone in your hand is no where near having it mounted on the dash.

There was additional comments at the end of the document that relate to "other things" your hands operate in the car that are equally distracting, but not currently illegal to perform while driving. Think about the dozens of knobs and switches in the car that you periodically take your eyes off the road to adjust or view. Also, think about all the built in navigation systems that permit touching while driving (excluding entering addresses) and for dash mounted versions as well.

My take is that because he was "holding it in his hands" he clearly violated the spirit of the law and that is what the document says. If it is mounted and you happen to touch the screen (not entering an address or typing a description of a map error), there is no difference from doing the same with dash mounted or in-dash GPS devices.

However, given that I have already been pulled over for having a damn phone at my ear as I pulled up to a stop light with a copy on the other corner, I will certain be more than cautious touching anything on my dash when I see a Cop reported ahead. :mrgreen:
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Re: California Court Bans Checking Smartphones Maps While Dr

Postby harling » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:20 am

cougargt wrote:California has always been on the bleeding edge...

Or the bleating edge, as the case may be.
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