It’s illegal to check a map on your phone while driving in California

California Court Rules It Illegal To Check Maps On Your Phone While Driving | Techdirt:

Anyway, all of that is preamble to a new court ruling in California, found by Orin Kerr, saying that using a mobile phone to check a mapping/GPS program violates the state’s law against distracted driving. The driver had argued that the laws are about talking on a phone and/or texting/surfing the internet, but that clearly using a mapping program should be allowed. The court disagreed, even as it acknowledged some of the oddities of what that meant, and said it’s really the job of the state lawmakers to figure out what they want to do.

I’ll be honest: there’s no way I’d be able to get around Los Angeles without using the GPS function on my phone.