So you are sitting at a horrifically long red light, stopped. Can you reach for your cell phone to check to see if you have a text or check your email? You're stopped, so it's not illegal, right?

Well, no. At least that is what the cop will tell you who might pull you over to give you a ticket.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the following are all considered illegal, when you are behind the wheel of a car, while it is in motion (which includes being at a red light), from the DMV website:

  • talking on a handheld mobile telephone
  • composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
  • viewing, taking, or transmitting images
  • playing games

If you are driving, the only time you are legally allowed to use your phone is when you are calling 9-1-1, to report an emergency.

What happens if you do and you get pulled over? You will get a ticket for a moving violation. Yes, there will be a fine and you might have to appear (not sure if court dates are being held in person right now because of the pandemic), but what could be more tough to deal with than the ticket and the fees? The fact that you could get points on your license, that might be tougher to deal with than the money you will more than likely be paying. If you get 11 points in a period of 18 months, your driver's license could be suspended.

How to Discover and Attract Hudson Valley Fairies

This is a true fairytale. Fairies are real and can be found if you look carefully. The Hudson Valley is rumored to be full of fairies who are always looking to set up house in yards, gardens and forest. I have put together a few things you should look for if you are on a quest to find the fairies that maybe living in your yard. Remember they are magical creatures so they can be there even if you don't see them. The first step to discovering a fairy is making sure you believe in their magic.

UP NEXT: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born