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At stoplights, you can’t text on your cellphone – Orange County Register

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Q. Honk: My impression is texting on a cellphone while stopped at a traffic signal is still against the law. Correct?

– Mike Matthiessen, Pasadena

A. You might think otherwise when cruising around your fine town, because plenty of motorists everywhere are playing with their cellphones, but that is indeed a no-no.

“You do see a lot of violations,” said Rodrigo Jimenez, an officer and spokesman for the California Highway Patrol assigned to the Baldwin Park station house. “You are only permitted one tap or one swipe to activate or deactivate the cellphone.”

That state law, of course, applies to any time a driver is driving.

“I am an enforcer of it,” Jimenez went on to say. “When you come to a red light and you’re looking down at your phone, you’re not paying attention to your surroundings.”

He told Honk about the time he pulled up to a stoplight next to a woman with her eyes glued to her cellphone.

Jimenez was headed somewhere, so he waved and then whistled to try and get her attention – he just wanted her to pay attention to traffic.

A couple of chuckling men on the other side of her vehicle tried to get her attention as well – an officer wants to communicate with you!

Instead, when she saw with her peripheral vision that traffic was going forward she started going straight ahead without even looking up.

Jimenez figured his destination could wait – he pulled her over, and out came the citation book.


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