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OSP: Oregon drivers on the phone less after law passes

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HERMISTON, Ore.--  Police in Oregon say fewer people are holding phones to their ears while they drive.  The Oregon law making talking or texting while driving illegal went into effect at the beginning of 2010, about a month ago.  In Oregon, it's a primary offense, meaning police can pull you over just for talking or texting.

Oregon State Police say they've issued about 300 warnings, but only around 50 actual citations.  Instead OSP troopers are trying to focus on educating drivers who may not know about the new law, but Lt. Gregg Hastings says it's easy to spot those who know better.  He explains, "I've pulled up alongside people and they've looked over at me, and they'll be on their phone and immediately put it down.  It doesn't mean they aren't getting stopped, but those are the people obviously aware that it's against the law."

A ticket will cost you $142-dollars. Again, in Oregon, police can pull you over just for talking on a cell phone.  They are not required to have another reason to contact you like in Washington, where talking or texting on a handheld phone is a secondary offense.

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