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Marilyn Cohodas
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2/28/2014 | 4:18:29 PM
Interesting precedent
I suppose this will eventually become a non-issue as mapping apps become standard technology included in the base price of new cars. But for now, it's a really interesting development. Hats off to Steven Spriggs for making sure he got his day in court!
Thomas Claburn
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2/28/2014 | 5:14:59 PM
Re: Interesting precedent
Device makers and car markers ought to get together to establish a standard for disabling drivers' mobile devices when driving or at least notifying the driver not to use mobile devices while in motion.
asksqn
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asksqn,
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3/1/2014 | 6:40:22 PM
You say tomaTOE, I say buzz off
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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3/1/2014 | 6:40:34 PM
You say tomaTOE, I say buzz off
Spriggs was rightfully exonerated since when using maps to navigate roadways with a mobile device, there is no discernible difference between using a smartphone vs a GPS device to do it. 
mak63
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mak63,
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3/8/2014 | 7:55:02 PM
driving erratically
Lately, I've been going to work with a friend of mine that does the three cardinal sins (with the phone) while driving: texting, talking and mapping. The first is the worse. Nonetheless, talking on the phone (even without hands) and mapping can be as distracted. For instance, when my friend gets lost, he looks at the maps for a long time being as dangerous as texting.
I would agree with Mr Spriggs. The point is to drive erratically or not. If we are, we should get a ticket; no matter what we're doing behind the wheel.


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