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Seriously, You Can't Talk On the Phone From Behind the Wheel

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Not that we'd ever do this, but it's official: you can't use your cell phone while driving, even if you're stopped at a light.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a state judge ruled against Richmond, CA motorist Carl Nelson, who was issued a $103 citation in December of 2009 for placing a call while waiting for a light to turn green. Nelson challenged the ticket, arguing that according to a 2007 law, using a cell phone while sitting behind the wheel is only illegal if the car is moving.

Justice James Lambden disagreed, saying that it's still unsafe for drivers to use their phones during "fleeting pauses" on the road, like waiting at a stop sign or for a pedestrian to cross.