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Does L.A.'s Cell-Phone Ban Apply To Games?

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Posted July 1, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

As you may or may not know, the State of California recently passed a law banning drivers' use of cell-phones in cars, unless they're hands-free. The law went into effect last night, so today, presumably, L.A.'s freeways are not packed with D-Bags making very important movie deals while running down pedestrians.

But what about playing a cell-phone version of Pac Man while commuting? What about amusing myself in traffic jams by sharing drawings of dongs I made with the Nintendo DS's picto-graph with other drivers?

We called the L.A.P.D. to track down the answers to these important questions, and spoke to Police spokesperson Richard French.

G4: Is it legal for me to play videogames while I'm driving? I have a high score I'd like to beat.

Richard French: This law only addresses cell phone calls, but do you think it's a good idea to play games in your car?

G4: No. It probably isn't. But what about playing cellphone videogames? is that illegal?

RF: Like I said, This law only specifically addresses using cellphones, but like text messaging while driving, it's not wise. We don't recommend playing videogames while you're driving.

G4: Thanks!

So there you have it, folks: It's incredibly dumb to play videogames while you're driving, but it is not specifically illegal according to this law. We're no lawyers, but we're pretty sure playing games would be covered by other don't-do-anything-dumb-while-driving statutes. So keep your eyes on the road.

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