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

It's not even legal to talk on a cell phone while at a stop light.

It's illegal to send or read text messages while stopped at a stop sign or stop light, according to the CHP. Courtesy Wikimedia
It's illegal to send or read text messages while stopped at a stop sign or stop light, according to the CHP. Courtesy Wikimedia
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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