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Texting at red lights?

Trooper Shawn Urquhart Trooper Shawn Urquhart
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  You know texting while driving is illegal in Georgia, but it's also illegal to check email or the internet behind the wheel.

Georgia's law says it is a crime "To operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or Internet data."

It does not apply to a person "lawfully parked."

So are are "operating" a vehicle when you're stopped at an intersection? Some experts say the law is vague, but GSP troopers warn that you can still be ticketed.

"Being a distracted driver is a part, actually texting and driving comes under the distracted driving law. So you know, instead of charging a person under texting and driving, they could be charged with distracted driving," said S.F.C. Shawn Urquhart.

Troopers' best advice is to leave your phone alone until you reach your destination.

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