Can You Text While Stopped at a Red Light?

can you text at a red light

In 2009, California created several laws that made it illegal to read, write or send texts while driving. These laws make it very clear that a driver must use a hand free device when operating a vehicle. But what if the vehicle is not moving? Can you text while stopped at a red light? Let’s find out!

California Distracted Driving Laws

According to CVC 23123.5, “a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device unless the wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.”

Yet, there is an exception. A cellphone may be operated in a manner requiring the use of a driver’s hand if these two conditions are met:

  1. The cellphone is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield, dashboard or center console in a way that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road.
  2. If activation or deactivation of a feature or function only requires a single swipe or tap.

So Can You Text While Stopped at a Red Light?

For many drivers it’s tough to resist the urge to use a phone at some point while driving. Even more tempting is to use that phone while stopped at a red light or during a traffic jam because it seems safe and harmless since you are not moving. But California court rulings (like People v. Nelson) tell us that being stopped at a red light is not a green light for texting. Remember, you have to be off the road and parked if not using a hands-free device.

Texting While Driving Ticket

If you get a texting while driving ticket, the first offense fine is $20 while any subsequent tickets will be $50. This may seem lenient compared to other traffic tickets such as speeding or red light. Still this will change.

Starting July 2021, a new cell phone law will go into effect that includes additional penalty for drivers that violate California’s hands-free law, 23123.5 CVC. For instance, through this law, a point will be added onto a driver’s record for each hands-free violation that occurred within the 36-period from a prior conviction for the same offense. Points on your driving record can increase your insurance premiums. California hopes a more severe penalty will further deter drivers from using cell phones while driving in a manner that is not hands-free.

A Trial by Written Declaration

A trial by written declaration is the best and easiest way to fight a texting while driving ticket. As stated in Vehicle Code Section 20902, Trial by Written Declaration (TR-205) allows individuals to contest their tickets in writing instead of going to court.

TicketBust Services

Through our services at TicketBust, we help you build a written defense that you then can mail to the court. If your ticket is dismissed, it means no court appearance, no fines and no added points. Contact TicketBust to get your documents prepared to dismiss your ticket today.  

Distracted Driving: Are California drivers obsessed with selfies?

At any moment during the day over half a million drivers are fiddling with a cell phone from behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.  Chatting, texting, or playing games while driving is risky behavior for sure; but this new trend may be even worse.  According to a new study by Auto Insurance Center, in California drivers take way more selfies than drivers in any other state. – blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Texting not the only distracted driving danger: Mobile games quickly taking over

Texting not the only distracted driving danger: Mobile games quickly taking over.blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

Texting isn’t the only distracted driving danger.

Safety advocates are also concerned about drivers being addicted to their mobile games and playing while behind the wheel. Just recently, a driver reportedly crashed into a parked patrol car while playing Pokemon GO.

Whether it’s looking at a phone, playing a game, or even eating behind the wheel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving accounts for thousands of injuries each day. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Are more CA drivers using a phone behind the wheel?

Are more California drivers using a phone behind the wheel?  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.  We all know it’s bad to text and drive.  And illegal. But drivers can’t seem to help themselves. According to a study conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety in April of this year, the number of California drivers seen using a mobile device during the day has reached a new high.  The study notes though that due to the difficulty of observing mobile device use in a vehicle actual usage is likely even higher. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Why you are more likely to get a cell phone ticket during the month of April.

Why you are more likely to get a cell phone ticket during the month of April. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

This month is all about distracted driving. Or should we say it’s about not driving distracted.

The Department of Transportation notes at any given moment during the day in 2014, hundreds of thousands of vehicles were being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone, according to the CHP.

During “Distracted Driver Awareness Month,” drivers caught texting or using their mobile devices when behind the wheel will be issued citations. Specifically, the CHP warns that April 7 and 20 will be zero tolerance days, when all agencies will be especially vigilant for distracted drivers. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Why cell phone ticket numbers are dropping in California

Why cell phone ticket numbers are dropping in California. Blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

Are Californian’s putting down the phone while driving?

Although police across the state have handed out less cell phone tickets, California Office of Traffic Safety officials aren’t convinced that drivers are using the phone less.

The penalty for a cell phone ticket in California is currently less than $200, which for some people may not be enough of a deterrent.

Experts believe people might be getting better at hiding their phone, using voice command, and Blue Tooth, or there simply may not be enough police manpower to chase down all cell phone violators. – Blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Teens say they text and drive because of their parents

Teens say they text and drive because of their parents – blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

Survey says: 48 percent of teens they text when driving alone mostly to update parents.

According to the collaborative survey by Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision), teens feel their parents expect them to text back…even while driving.

There’s only one reason California teen drivers can legally use a phone while behind the wheel: an emergency. – Blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Playing on your smartphone while driving: Why you can get pulled over when you’re not even texting

Playing on your smartphone while driving: Why you can get pulled over when you’re not even texting blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

Ever snapped a selfie, face-timed a friend, replied to an email, “liked” a post…while driving?

Survey says: about 7 out of 10 people do things like this on their smartphone while driving (according to study done by ATT&T “It Can Wait”).

Remember, it’s not just texting that police are on the lookout for! There are many behind the wheel activities – like those described above – that can get you pulled over for distracted, unsafe, or even reckless driving. – blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only. 

Distracted Driver Awareness Month nears the end: Did you make it through without a ticket?

Distracted Driver Awareness Month nears the end: Did you make it through without a ticket? – Yesterday was the last day of Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

In 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported over 426,000 handheld cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone.

The ticket cost for a first time texting or hand-held cell phone violation is about $162, with subsequent tickets costing about $282. Did you put the phone down and make it through the month without getting a ticket? If not go to ticketbust.com/about/cell-phone-ticket for help!- blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, contact us at www.ticketbust.com or call us at (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

When You Get a Ticket – Is Your Cell phone Safe from Being Searched

­When You Get a Ticket – Is Your Cell phone Safe from Being Searched- Blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.  If you are stopped for a traffic violation and the officer asks to see your cell phone, are you obligated to hand it over? The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided (in a case called Riley versus California) that information on a cell phone is immune from search; in other words, a warrant is generally required before a police officer can search your phone. – Blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a red light photo ticket, contact us at www.ticketbust.com or call us at (800) 850-8038.  For Spanish, please visit www.Combatesuticket.com or call (818) 584-3689.  For more information on how TicketBust can help to beat your cell phone ticket, visit www.fightcellphonetickets.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.