I have written a few articles on the dangers of texting and driving. Last year bills were passed in Oregon that were intended to curb the distracted driving epidemic. The new law closed a loophole regarding texting and driving so that it prevents people from driving with a mobile device in their hands. More importantly, the Oregon law raised the penalties for people that can't resist the urge to use their mobile device while driving a vehicle.
The new law takes effect on July 1, 2018, and will subject some violators to a fine of up to $2,500.00 and six months in jail. More specifically if a habitual distracted driver is convicted of three offenses in ten years they will face a fine of $2,500.00 and six months in jail. First-time offenders are looking at a minimum of a $130.00 fine. (Click here to read more on distracted driving penalties.)
It is a no-brainer that it is unsafe to use a mobile device and drive, but people still do not get it. People know that distracting driving kills people. People know they can be fined. People also know that personal injury lawyers like myself will use the civil justice system to hold distracted drivers accountable. However, drivers continue to use their mobile devices while driving. Hopefully, this new law will help pound it into people's heads that distracted driving will not be tolerated. It is simply too dangerous.
If you, or someone you know, has been involved in a car crash with a person that was using their phone while driving, call Portland personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross. Ross Law PDX offers free case evaluations to persons injured in car crashes on Oregon's roads. Please do not use this post as legal advice, as the law is constantly changing. Please consult with a lawyer if you are involved in an incident involving distracted driving. Please remember this blog may be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.