Oregon has just passed a law banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. The new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2010, pertains to all drivers. Unlike the Washington State cell phone law which made using a hand-held cell phone a secondary offense, Oregon went a step further and made it a primary offense. A secondary offense means that a police officer cannot stop a driver if he or she sees a driver using a hand-held cell phone unless they are pulling them over for a primary offense like running a red light or speeding.
Oregon’s Cell phone law is House Bill 2377 and it imposes a $90 fine for a violation. In addition, it prohibits drivers younger than 18 from even using a hands-free cell phone but allows adults to.
Recent car accident data shows a correlation between texting and using cell phones while driving with an increased car accident risk. If you believe your car accident was caused by someone using a cell phone, read What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the families of those killed.