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Court: Motorist can't use hand-held map

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 04/08/2013 @ 11:58 pm In Diversions,U.S. | No Comments

(ABCNEWS.GO) — Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.

He was startled when he looked up and saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer ordering him to pull over. He showed the officer that he was looking at a map and not texting or talking.

“‘Pull over,’” Spriggs recalled the officer as saying. “‘It’s in your hand.’”

A little more than a year later, Spriggs is at the heart of a novel court case that has technology blogs and social media sites buzzing about the $160 ticket plus court costs he was ordered to pay for “distracted driving.”

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