California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5
Our firm recently settled a claim in a matter about using cell phone while driving on behalf of an auto accident victim in which the opposing party was using cell phone while driving. When asked at the scene about driving with her cell phone in hand, she professed that she was not texting or talking but was, instead, “just using my Google Maps.” While using a GPS in hand used to be legal, it is now officially illegal!
Did you know…
January 1, 2017 marked the start of all things illegal on using cell phone while driving. That means on top of the already no texting or holding the phone to your ear while driving law, the following are also illegal: selfies, Pokeman Go, Facebook, Instagram browsing, holding your phone while using the speaker function, and looking at its GPS. Basically, if you have to grab your phone to do ANYTHING while you drive, it’s illegal pursuant to VC 23123.5.
So what is legal?
Your phone must be mounted and can be utilized in a one-touch fashion. That means, if you’re getting a phone call, you can press accept. You can then speak on your phone while it is mounted, but not while it is up to your ear or in your hand. If you want to end the call, you can press end. And that’s about it as far as using cell phone is concerned while driving.