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Did you know effective 01/01/2010 it is illegal to use a cell phone or text while operating a vehicle?

Oregon’s New Cell Phone Law “Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using a Mobile Communication Device” House Bill 2377 amended ORS 811.507 to ban the use of mobile communication devices with some exceptions. The new law, a class D traffic violation with a minimum base fine of $142.00, is effective January 1, 2010 and is a primary offense, meaning that a police officer may stop a driver solely for using a cell phone without using a hands-free accessory. For purposes of the new law, “mobile communication device” is defined as a text messaging device or a wireless, two-way communication device designed to receive and transmit voice or text communication.