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driving with handheld electronic device

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driving with handheld electronic device

just curious, why is it totally forbidden to drive with a handheld electronic device (even if you are just holding it and not using it, or trying to pick it up and put it back somewhere), but okay to fiddle with your car's built-in stereo/navigation, etc? (on a legal/enforcement point of view)

I mean, sometimes I am even scared of picking up on my phone off the passenger seat and put it back in the armrest compartment box, for the fear an officer could see it and give me a ticket.
On the other hand, I don't worry about playing around with my navi or browsing thru hundreds of songs with my car built-in navi and music system.

both are distracted driving, but why all the attention on the former and not the latter?
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joejoem wrote:
Jul 17th, 2015 4:28 pm
just curious, why is it totally forbidden to drive with a handheld electronic device (even if you are just holding it and not using it, or trying to pick it up and put it back somewhere), but okay to fiddle with your car's built-in stereo/navigation, etc? (on a legal/enforcement point of view)

I mean, sometimes I am even scared of picking up on my phone off the passenger seat and put it back in the armrest compartment box, for the fear an officer could see it and give me a ticket.
On the other hand, I don't worry about playing around with my navi or browsing thru hundreds of songs with my car built-in navi and music system.

both are distracted driving, but why all the attention on the former and not the latter?
Actually, you aren't allowed to do those either. You need to set up your navi before you drive. You aren't allowed to touch navi (or browse through your music library) while driving.
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Arabidopsis wrote:
Jul 17th, 2015 4:37 pm
Actually, you aren't allowed to do those either. You need to set up your navi before you drive. You aren't allowed to touch navi (or browse through your music library) while driving.
But there's no law against changing your radio channel?
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It's left up to the discretion of the officer to determine if you were distracted or not because the laws themselves are vaguely written. In theory even talking to your passenger can be distracting.
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Arabidopsis wrote:
Jul 17th, 2015 4:37 pm
Actually, you aren't allowed to do those either. You need to set up your navi before you drive. You aren't allowed to touch navi (or browse through your music library) while driving.
thinking more on an "enforcement" point of view.
don't know about built-in navi, but polices never ticket someone for changing tracks or radio station even if they see it.

but if they see you touch your phone, you are screwed.
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joejoem wrote:
Jul 17th, 2015 4:47 pm
thinking more on an "enforcement" point of view.
don't know about built-in navi, but polices never ticket someone for changing tracks or radio station even if they see it.

but if they see you touch your phone, you are screwed.
Lowest hanging fruit practice.

You can always argue that you were reaching for a bottle of water (some car interiors have the cupholder in front instead of between the driver/passenger) but having a phone in plain view is kind of damning.
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joejoem wrote:
Jul 17th, 2015 4:28 pm
I mean, sometimes I am even scared of picking up on my phone off the passenger seat and put it back in the armrest compartment box, for the fear an officer could see it and give me a ticket.
Looks like the law is working

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