OREGON;-- You may want to think twice before talking on your cell phone while driving if you live in Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Transportation states the new law, which restricts mobile communications while driving, aims to reduce distractions for drivers so Oregon roads are safer for everyone. It specifically prohibits drivers from using a mobile communications devise for talking or texting while driving unless the driver meets a specific exemption. Those in violation face a minimum fine of $90.
The law, which will be put into place in January, covers drivers of all ages. Drivers age 18 and over can only use a phone while driving if they are using a hands free accessory. Those under the age of 18 are prohibited from using phones at all, unless in the case of an emergency.
In Oregon it will be a primary offense in 2010. Law enforcement personnel can stop a driver solely for using a mobile communications device without using a hands-free accessory.