It has been a few years since Oregon lawmakers have outlawed using a cellular phone device while driving. However, people continue to use their phones while driving. Deaths and injuries that are caused by texting and driving are on the rise. In fact, every three hours a crash in Oregon is caused by distracted driving. It appears the existing small fines that may be imposed are not have the desired effect, and some lawmakers are attempting to crack down on distracted driving.
There is currently a bill in Salem that would allow a judge to impose up to a $2,000.00 fine on a person caught holding their mobile electronic device while on the roads. The current law has minimal fines and is difficult to enforce due to its poorly drafted language. The new bill just passed the Oregon House. Hopefully the law will pass and deter others from using their mobile devices while driving. However, if it doesn't there will always be personal injury attorneys like myself who are willing to hold a distracted driver that injures another accountable in Court.
If you or someone you know was injured by a distracted driver or a person using their cell phone, call Ross Law LLC at 503.224.1658. Jeremiah Ross is happy to provide a free personal injury case evaluation. Please note this article is meant for information purposes only and could be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Please consult with a lawyer if you have questions about your personal injury case or any other legal question