Oregon outlawed using your cellular phone device while driving a few years ago. Basically the law states that if you are going to use a phone while driving then you must use a hand's free device. This is due to the fact that there are too many preventable crashes caused by people distracted by their phones. In Oregon, fatalities and crashes causing serious injuries are on the rise. You have to think that texting or using a phone while driving has something to do with this. Law Enforcement officers are combating driving with cell phones in innovative ways.
Law Enforcement officers are now deploying interesting tactics to catch and fine cell phone users. For example law enforcement officers are using Semi-trucks so they can look down into people's vehicles to catch driver's using their cell phones. The officers then radio for a patrol car to stop the offending texter. Other police agencies are using under-cover pan handlers to hold signs at traffic lights. These undercover officers then radio uniformed officers to inform the uniformed officers that drivers are on their phone. Officers are getting pretty sneaky in an effort to keep people off of their phones while they are driving.
Officers should not have to do this. It is against the law in Oregon (ORS 811.547) to use your cellular phone while driving without a hands free device. You cannot text, check emails, play angry birds, or watch movies while driving. It is common sense. However, if a driver chooses to ignore the law regarding driving with cellular phones then they must be held accountable for any harms they cause and cited by law enforcement. This is one of the few weapons law enforcement has to keep our streets safe. Please drive safely and stay off the phone!
If you or someone you know has been injured by a distracted driver, please call me at 503.224.1658. I am happy to offer a free personal injury consultation. Please remember the law is constantly changing and law enforcement officers may not be allowed to conduct undercover activities in Oregon that take place in other states. Please consult with an attorney, as this post is not intended to be legal advice. This post, website, and blog could be considered ATTORNEY Advertising.