5th District Court of Appeals says reading maps on cell phones in car legal.

The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno, reversed, on Thursday, February 27, 2014, a trial court ruling finding a man guilty for reading a map on his iPhone for violating Section 23123(a) of the California Vehicle Code.  The section reads, “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while 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.”  The court of appeals found that the statute prevented listening and talking on a telephone call, not using a hand-held device for other functions.  Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code prevents the use of a held-hand device for texting.  The court found that 23123(a) does not prevent someone from using a held-hand device for anything other than “talking and listening”.  The Attorney General who represented the People of the State of California in this appeal has not decided whether to ask the California Supreme Court to hear the case.