David Robert Wright

According to a new state appeals court ruling (PDF) on Thursday, California drivers can now legally read digital maps on their phones, even though a state law says that they cannot use phones while behind the wheel.
The case involved a man named Steven Spriggs, who was ticketed $165 by a California Highway Patrol officer who spotted Spriggs after he was stuck in traffic at an area encumbered by roadwork.
The officer then cited Spriggs for violating the California Vehicle Code section 23123, subdivision (a), which forbids drivers from “using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”

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