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New Distracted Driving Law In Oregon Takes Effect Oct. 1

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The new law clarifies it is illegal to drive while holding any electronic device.

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

Statesman Journal | Sept. 19, 2017 7:51 a.m.

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.

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Bill Increases Penalties For Driving And Using Cell Phones

Statesman Journal | June 29, 2017 3 p.m.

Under a new bill, using cellphones for anything while driving would be illegal.

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7 Weeks After Massive Landslide, Washington Highway Set To Reopen

OPB | May 5, 2017 3:32 p.m.

Drivers in southwest Washington could see some relief on their commute home. After being closed for seven weeks, State Route 503 near Woodland is set to reopen after a massive landslide.

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Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer

OPB | April 13, 2017 noon | Portland

We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.

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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

NPR | April 3, 2017 5:56 a.m.

Currently, insurance rates are calculated based on drivers' claims histories and driving records. Driverless cars are expected to shift the liability toward carmakers. But it won't happen all at once.

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Marijuana Legalization Hasn't Increased Traffic Fatalities In Oregon

OPB | March 9, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

When Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, some people worried car accidents would increase. A new study indicates that didn’t happen — but more research is needed.

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Oregon, Washington Lawmakers Eye Crackdown On Distracted Driving

OPB | March 7, 2017 2:47 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are debating measures intended to crack down on distracted driving.

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Washington Lawmakers Drive For New Rules On The Road

Northwest News Network | Jan. 18, 2017 4:41 p.m.

In Washington state, there's no law to keep you from checking Facebook while you drive. But that could change during this year's legislative session.

News | local | NW Life

Oregon Orders Man To Stop Marketing ‘Keep Portland Weird’ License Plate Idea

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 12:55 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Justice has issued a cease-and-desist order against a man trying to create a “Keep Portland Weird” license plate. 

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration Yields Surge In Registered Voters

OPB | Sept. 13, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The number of registered voters in the state has increased 14 percent over the past year.

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Oregonians Some Of The Slowest On America's Roadways

OPB | May 27, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

You could say a lot about Oregon drivers, but a new study finds that being in a hurry isn't typically one of them.

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Washington Researcher Is Developing Breath Test For Pot

OPB | Dec. 5, 2014 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A research team at Washington State University is working on a device that would measure THC in someone's breath, similar to existing alcohol breathalyser tests. 

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Oregon, Washington Increase Patrols Over Holiday Weekend

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Police around the region say they’ll be patrolling for drunk and impaired drivers over the long Labor Day weekend.

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Tracking Washington's Legal Marijuana

OPB | Aug. 20, 2013 12:06 p.m.

We'll check in on the progress the state is making crafting rules for the newly legalized marijuana trade and how drivers and law enforcement are responding.

Think Out Loud

Mexican IDs in Oregon

OPB | May 7, 2012 9:06 a.m.

Law enforcement in Oregon will accept IDs issued by the Mexican government as a form of identification for traffic stops and other minor incidents.

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Red Light Cameras

OPB | Sept. 4, 2009 9 a.m.

Should cities expand their use of red light cameras?

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Getting Tough About Driving Drunk

OPB | Aug. 31, 2009 9 a.m.

Are drunk driving laws tough enough?

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Students and Credit Card Reform

OPB | May 27, 2009 9 a.m.

What access should students have to credit cards?

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Snitching on Dad

OPB | March 19, 2008 midnight

Who should be driving -- and how do we decide?