California drivers - consider yourselves warned
A appellate court in the state has ruled that it’s illegal to do anything with your phone while driving. So that’s not just a ban on texting or talking - that’s a ban on looking at texts, reading emails, flinging just one more Angry Bird, etc.
From Judge W. Kent Hamlin:

“Our review of the statute’s plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”

Read more from columnist Robin Abcarian.
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

California drivers - consider yourselves warned

A appellate court in the state has ruled that it’s illegal to do anything with your phone while driving. So that’s not just a ban on texting or talking - that’s a ban on looking at texts, reading emails, flinging just one more Angry Bird, etc.

From Judge W. Kent Hamlin:

“Our review of the statute’s plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”

Read more from columnist Robin Abcarian.

Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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  8. alwaysnevernotgivingafuck said: So, is this a ban on all screens in cars then? Because I really don’t see the difference at this point. Bad interpretation of the law.
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  11. hobbsesq said: Good. Driving is serious business. If you can’t do it responsibly, then stay off the road.
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    good thing i don’t drive
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    —— I really don’t understand why people just can’t pull over? I’ve had to pull over to make a call or ask where a friend...
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    Now the important question: Does sitting on the 405 on-ramp with your foot jammed on the brake for two minutes straight...
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    Oh for the LOVE OF GOD. I am not going to stop using the GPS. Kiss my ass.
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