My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
Got ticket for:
23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.
The story: Cell phone was in my shirt pocket. While driving, I moved it to passenger seat. More specifically, I: (i) removed from my breast pocket; (ii) then held phone in hand while also gripping steering wheel (for maybe 10 seconds, a minute at most, don't know exactly); and (iii) then transferred to other hand and put cell phone down on passengers seat. Made no calls, received none (I never do when driving). I wasn't holding the phone particularly close to my mouth or my ear at any time -- no closer than my breast pocket (where the cell phone started its journey to the passenger seat) or the 10 o clock position on my steering wheel (where my phone stopped for a brief rest along the way).
Proposed defense: I am considering contesting based on the argument that moving the cell phone from my pocket to passenger's seat is not "using a wireless telephone" for purposes of this law. Is this a good defense or not?