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Ask A Cop: Can I Text at a Stop Light?

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Editor's note: This article was compiled by Patch Editor Brad Kava. He occasionally asks local law enforcement to answer readers' questions. Send your queries to brad.kava@patch.com. Thank you.

Question from a Patch Reader:

Is it legal to text while stopped at a stop sign or stop light? 

Answer from CHP Officer Bradley Sadeck: 

It is illegal to send or read a text while stopped at a stop sign or stop light. It is also illegal to use a hand held cellphone while stopped at the same.

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bruce k January 06, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I guessed the answer to this as soon as I saw the question ... the real question is why so many people do it so blatantly. I admit I occasionally have to do something with my cell phone, if it is just to take it out of my pocket to answer a call before I put it in the little holder on my dash. It's just that while I might be doing that I am not driving or holding someone up or risking their life.

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