New ban on cell phones extends to mobile apps including GPS

Hands free driving means hands free driving

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -     A California court has clarified the state's current cell phone laws and the "hands free" rule now applies to every aspect of your phone's functions while you drive, including your GPS.
    The recent ruling has now extended the state's "texting while driving" ban to mobile maps, since it includes typing on your phone to get directions.
    The new enforcement comes in time for this month's national distracted driving awareness push to get your attention off your cell and on the road
    If officers see you touching your phone for any reason you can count on a ticket.
    If you are caught on your phone a first time ticket will cost you $157.00.

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