Listening to the radio the other day someone got out of a 'texting' ticket in California. He mentioned that the law only makes it illegal to use text based communication. All other uses are still allowed. So at the trial he asked the officer if he saw what exactly he was doing on the phone. He said 'no', so the judge dismissed the case. I got curious and looked up the California vehicle code. Here is the quote: Section c specifically allows any other use of your phone. Only texting is forbidden. This means unless the officer actually saw that you were reading or writing a text message or email, he can't give you a ticket. In reality it's almost impossible to see the phone's screen through a car window to see exactly what you were doing. So you can probably always get out of a texting ticket in court. Making a phone call without a hands free device is also prohibited. And if you're under 18 you can't use any phones no mater what. I know in other states and countries the laws are much stricter.