Brooklyn, NY asked in Traffic Tickets for New York

Q: Is using (holding) an old satellite based Garmin navigator which has no internet or wireless connection a violation

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Zev Goldstein

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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Monsey, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: VTL 1225-d(2)(a) says:

""Portable electronic device" shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device, or any other electronic device when used to input, write, send, receive, or read text for present or future communication."

In other words, you can't hold a "old satellite based Garmin navigator" while driving. Attach it to your dashboard or windshield.

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