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I am very sorry to learn of this situation.
Unfortunately the violation is for operating a motor vehicle while utilizing a wireless device. This includes using the device while you are stopped at a light, at a stop sign, or in traffic. The only way that you can use a wireless device as a driver without violating these statutes is by actually pulling off the roadway (onto the shoulder (when appropriate), or into a parking lot) and using the device while your vehicle is parked.
You can still dispute your citation (if you provide me with the state that your citation occurred in I can usually provide customers with general information on how to go about disputing traffic citations in their state), but based only on what you have posted, the citation appears correct.
What state was this in?
It does count for a point (a single one), but in most cases you are permitted to take traffic school in lieu of having the point on their record.
You can get help with disputing your California Traffic citation on the California Court website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-traffic.htm
My apologies, I reviewed my resource above and it was in error. There is no point for this citation.
Right, the traffic school deals with the points. So all that you have to deal with is the citation and the fine.
As I noted above, the citation appears proper, but you can go through the process (use the link I provided above for the California Court's self help forum as it will walk you through it step by step), and it is possible that you can prevail on the matter by default (the officer may not appear to testify at the hearing for example).