Oregon joins Washington in banning hand-held cell phones while driving

Oregon is joining Washington and California in banning all drivers from using hand held cell phones while driving. Other Western states including Montana, Idaho and Nevada do not have a ban in place yet according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Oregon cell phone ban will go into effect on January 1st, 2010 and drivers who are caught will receive a $90 fine. Drivers, however, will be able to use a hands free device while driving and some certain drivers, like law enforcement officers working for public safety, will be exempt. Unlike Washington’s ban, Oregon’s hand held ban will be a primary offense.

Oregon has had a cell phone ban in place for teenagers since 2007 but it was listed as a secondary offense. In 2010, the restrictions for teenagers will increase, prohibiting teens from using a hands free cell phone.

All drivers in Oregon are prohibited from text messaging while driving.

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?”

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