The thought occurred to me the other day – several states (Connecticut is one) have made it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while talking on a hand held cell phone. What if I have a device that is capable of making a phone call (think iPhone), but I’m “using” it to listen to Sirius/XM radio in the car?
A police officer of course would have no real way of knowing what I’m using the iPhone for unless I have the phone to my ear.
The answer turns out to be – in Connecticut it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while listening to Sirius/XM on the iPhone. If the radio is built into the car, or if the electronic device is not capable of two way communications between “persons” (portable Sirius radio), that’s not a problem. [Is a web server a “person”]?
What a curious set of rules we create when lawyers try to regulate evolving technology.