GOOGLE MAP IS ALSO DISTRACTED DRIVING
Google map is a mobile application developed by Google usually connected to GPS Satellite to determine location. Google map relies primarily on street addresses for motorists. It is a web –based services launched on 8 February 2005. It was created by Jens, Eilstrup Rasmussen, Google and Las Rasmussen.
Therefore, it is safe for me to say that Google map is a GPS.
A GPS (Global Positioning System) used to pinpoint location. The United States Military developed and implemented this satellite network as a military navigation system before throwing to the public.
Some people are calling the position of the relevant regulatory body in charge of the highway as reactionary, unreceptive and averse to advancement or civilization. For those always quick to talk about advance countries, I would like to site one example here. California driving laws prohibits driving while ‘’HOLDING’’ or ‘OPERATING’ a wireless communication device. You can only use voice operating device or hands free. Although it is not illegal as long as you only tap or swipe while the GPS is mounted.
It is illegal in 28 states in America to use a GPS while driving because GPS devices are covered under distracted –driving laws. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 421000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving, while 3,328 of them died.
Vehicle code 23123 prohibits ‘’USING’’ a cellphone which courts interpreted as meaning talking or listening to a call.
“ A person shall not drive vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communication device unless the wireless telephone or electronic wireless communication device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands- free operation and it is used in that manner of driving.
Violation of this is twenty dollars for first offender and 50 dollars for subsequent offense’’.
If you must use a GPS (including Google map) it must be HANDS OFF. Meaning it must be mounted first and you must program your GPS before you set off or pull over into a safe place on the side of the road. Do not physically manipulate your GPS while on the road.
Allowing drivers to hold devices while driving is inclined to make drivers fight tickets for using mobile devices while driving by claiming they were using GPS.
My write up is not a reflection of the views of the relevant regulatory body. This is for those drawing my attention to this issue on social media. I went into the internet to make a little research and came up with this piece. In as much as I sympathize with those apprehended for using mobile devices while driving, remember that using devices while driving is distracted-driving that has sent many people to the grave or left many maimed for life.