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What You Should Know About Oregon's New Distracted Driving Law


Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Cameron Bailey pulls over a driver for speeding while patrolling for distracted drivers along a section of Interstate 5 in an unmarked patrol vehicle on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, during a ride along.

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Cameron Bailey pulls over a driver for speeding while patrolling for distracted drivers along a section of Interstate 5 in an unmarked patrol vehicle on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, during a ride along.

Danielle Peterson/Statesman Journal

Starting Oct. 1, drivers in Oregon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cell phone and electronics use.  

Repeat offenders will face steeper fines and as much as a year in jail.

Officials are hoping the changes, which stem from the passage of House Bill 2597 during the 2017 Oregon Legislature, will help officers nab reckless drivers and curb dangerous distracted driving behaviors.

Wording on the previous cell phone driving law made texting and talking on the phone the only primary distracted driving offenses, meaning if an officer spotted someone behind the wheel reading a Kindle or scrolling through Facebook, they couldn’t pull them over solely for that.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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