Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect October 1

Starting on October 1, it will be illegal to drive while holding an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablets, GPS, laptop). The purpose of the law is to have individuals focus on their driving and put away distractions.

There are limited exceptions, including:

  • When using hands-free or built in devices, if 18 years of age or older.
  • Use of a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate the device or a function.
  • While providing or summoning medical help and no one else is available to make the call.
  • When parked safely, i.e., stopped at the side of the road or in a designated parking spot. It is not legal to use the device when stopped at a stop light, stop sign, in traffic, etc.
  • Ambulance or emergency vehicle operators in the scope of employment.
  • Police, fire, EMS providers in the scope of employment.

Violators of House Bill 2597 will face citations for their first two offenses, plus a fine and possible jail time for additional offenses.

Updated: 2017-10-01 07:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association