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Can You Legally Text While Stopped at a Red Light? No.

California Texting while driving law
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2009 brought in a plethora of new laws and one in particular--texting while driving--has a lot of people asking questions.

On an earlier post about the texting law this week, LAist reader sucatrapsorter asked: "Does 'driving' include instances where one is stopped at a light and texting/emailing, or does it only refer to when the car is actually in motion?"

"It's against the law. If you are stopped at a light or a stop sign, you are still in control of that vehicle and need to be able to react," CHP's Jaimie Coffee told Alana Semuels of the LA Times in an extremely thorough 20 question set about the new law.