Cell Phones And Distracted Driving – Always A Crime?

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Traffic on Friday, May 3, 2013

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times relates the saga of Steven Spriggs, a law-abiding, law-respecting librarian who received a ticket for unlawfully using a cell phone while driving. He was not texting. He was not talking (you can talk and drive if you use a hands-free device). He looked at his phone to check his map app. A police officer saw the lighted cell phone in the dark and pulled him over. No erratic driving, no proof he had used the phone improperly. He lost in court and on appeal, with the judges taking a very strict liability approach to the …