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Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 1) 180

1) Maybe the cop has sat behind cars that just sit there when the light changes because the driver is busy on their phone.

If he was citing those who were causing a traffic obstruction, I would have no objection to it.

2) If said person suddenly notices that the light has changed and hits the gas w/out checking to see that the way is clear, it does become a safety issue.

The same is true for someone who is not texting and doesn't check that the way is clear. If they cause an accident (or the cop sees them doing that), then sure, give them a ticket for it.

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 2) 180

There is a safety concern, though - they are in charge of a vehicle on the public road, and have to react to their surroundings in order to prevent accidents.

There is no realistic situation where somebody stopped at a stoplight needs to "react to their surroundings in order to prevent accidents." I defy you to find one documented case where somebody texting or using their phone while stopped at a stoplight was at fault for an accident.

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 0) 180

There was a cop in Atlanta I think that made a point of getting people stopped at lights or stop signs that were texting. He got droves of them. Most people believe it's only while you're moving but that's not the case.

That may be the law, but that cop was a jerk. There's no real safety concern with people texting while stopped at a stoplight. Singling that out for special enforcement -- that's just jackass behavior of someone with a little power and an axe to grind.

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