In the UK, using a mobile phone while driving is illegal. That applies to any use of a mobile device, whether to make/receive a phone call or a text message.
A text message? Surely you wouldnâ€™t type texts when youâ€™re driving your car? Would you? Of course not!
But if you do â€“ and itâ€™s more likely that you do in the US where there are no national laws against using mobile devices while driving, I hear from many American friends, and few state laws â€“ you might want to ask any texting friends you have to take a look at this video.
Just be aware itâ€™s pretty explicit, not only in graphic imagery but also in the emotional horror for the protagonist (and I donâ€™t mean the actor):
Donâ€™t let anyone tell you that sending or receiving text messages on your mobile phone is compatible with driving your vehicle.
How can it be? The video is an extreme example of the consequences for not paying attention.
I think that also applies when youâ€™re stationary. So even if youâ€™re at the traffic lights, foot on the brake, aware of whatâ€™s happening (you think), and take a photo with your mobile phone, thatâ€™s not smart either. And, I have a feeling, itâ€™s probably illegal anyway.
Incidentally, the issue of text messaging and driving is becoming a hot topic in the USA at a national level. I would imagine laws will come. Mostly, though it requires a shift in peopleâ€™s mindsets to realize the risks of doing it.
And the consequences.