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Western state sets a controversial driver distraction precedent

In the land of electric vehicles and honey, aka the nation's most populous state, California, controversy is brewing over distracted driving.

The Appellate Division Superior Court for the County of Fresno, Calif. made a controversial driver distraction ruling [PDF] this week, when it stiffened its ban on in-car smartphone use, banning motorists from looking at maps on their mobile devices while driving.

California, like most states allows motorists to consult paper-maps while driving -- a distraction that's considered dangerous, but at times necessary to motorists.  However, the exact same act on the a mobile device -- which arguably take less finger dexterity -- is verboten.

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This is okay, but using your smartphone is not. [Image Source: Petersen's 4 Wheel]

To be fair, the presiding Judge F. Brian Alvarez acknowledges that this cognitive dissonance between non-digital and digital uses exists in his ruling.  However, he says that the 2008 law passed by California's state legislature and the follow-up 2012 hands-free bill are explicit -- no manual interaction with digital devices of any kind can be performed while driving.

He suggests that the Californian legislature review the issue and possibly modify the law.

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The decision isn't entirely catastrophic to motorists; barring reversal from the legislature, the ruling still leaves drivers with some legal options.  Drivers can use hands free smartphone navigation software (which many phones now come with), although interacting with the device other than by voice is strictly illegal.  California also allows automated self-driving cars, although they are not yet widely commercially available.

And of course there's one other option for California's motorists -- a good old-fashioned map.

Source: The Appelate Division Superior Court for the County of Fresno, Calif.

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RE: Busted?
By tng on 4/8/2013 8:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
...a Double-double with grilled onions at In-n-Out. Best burger in the world.
I thought so to but on the East Coast they have burger places called Five Guys and they are fantastic, not sure which is better In and Out or Five Guys.

RE: Busted?
By Akrovah on 4/9/2013 11:50:10 AM , Rating: 2
Five Guys without a doubt. We have them here in Cali now (did I jsut admit to something bad?) and Five Guys kicks the snot out of In and Out in every way possible, with the exception of Five Guys not having Milk Shakes. At least not here.

But the Burgers and fries? Far superior. Plus I love that it starts plain and you tell them what you want instead of having to have them remove a bunch aof crap first to get at what you are looking for on your burger.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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