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Bill Increases Penalties For Driving And Using Cell Phones


A driver uses an iPhone while driving Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

A driver uses an iPhone while driving Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

Damian Dovarganes

Oregon lawmakers are about to make this perfectly clear: doing anything with a cellphone while driving is illegal.

That would include texting, talking, emailing, movies, navigation and/or social media.

You could be cited for just holding a phone in your hand while driving.

House Bill 2597 would nail down the all-uses, all-devices specifics that were thrown in doubt by a 2015 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling. The bill also increases the maximum penalty to $2,000, up from $500.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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