According to a recent California Appeals Court decision, it is illegal to use a cellular phone while driving, even during routine traffic stops or at a red light when the car is motionless. The appeals court, in California v. Nelson, examined the California law making it illegal for drivers to use cellphones while driving. The case arose after Carl Nelson was cited for checking his email while at a stop light in 2009. Nelson argued he wasn’t ‘driving’ at the time of the citation. The appellate court was not persuaded. The majority concluded that ‘driving’ under the law included incidental stops while in the course of operating a vehicle. The majority also noted that cellphone use, even when a vehicle is motionless, is a safety hazard because of driver inattention.
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