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Posted 1 year ago in Traffic tickets and accidents by Aaron Kase  
Drivers Can’t Use Map Apps on Road, California Court Rules

Perfect timing for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: A California appeals court has ruled that using a map application on a smartphone is just as much in violation of the state’s distracted driving laws as using the phone to place a call or write a text message. Steven Spriggs, 58, was using his phone’s GPS map looking for a way to avoid a traffic jam in 2012 when he was pulled over by a motorcycle cop and issued a ticket for $160. Spriggs …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Teen Convicted of Murder for Texting While Driving Crash

An 18-year-old in Massachusetts is sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of vehicular homicide in a texting-while-driving accident. One in four car accidents caused by phone use Illegal to text and drive in Massachusetts Distracted driving laws vary by state   Deadly Mistake Aaron Deveau was driving in Haverhill, Massachusetts in February 2011 when he crossed over the center line and struck a car driven by Donald Bowley. Bowley died in the hospital 18 days later, while …

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Posted 2 years ago in Driving & Motor Vehicles by Richard Dahl  
Traffic-Cam Bans: In Mississippi, ‘Big Brother’ Strikes Back

The Mississippi Legislature thought it was saying no to Big Brother in passing a law banning the use of traffic cameras three years ago. Now an Arizona-based manufacturer of the cameras is claiming the state has no such right.  American Traffic Solutions has filed suit in Hinds County Circuit Court, claiming that the state’s three-year-old ban on traffic cameras is depriving it of private property without due compensation. ATS claimed that the contract it had entered into with the city …

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Posted 3 years ago in Driving & Motor Vehicles by Aaron Kase  
1.3 million crashes per year caused by calls or texting

The National Transportation Safety Board called for states across the nation to outlaw all cell phone usage for drivers, on top of the complicated web of phone laws already in place in many states. An estimated 1.3 million crashes per year caused by calls or texting Fifteen states still have no state-wide laws against distracted driving Fines vary; tickets can be difficult to fight in court   Safety First Distracted driving laws are becoming more and more widespread, and for …

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