Oregon Drives No Longer Allowed to Drive and Hold Cell Phones
The Oregon legislature took a step closer to banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers in Oregon today according to OregonLive.com. Six other states on the West Coast have also outlawed handheld cell phones while driving due to accident rates from talking and/or texting from behind the wheel. The Oregon House passed their version of the bill at the end of April with the Senate adding in an exception for emergency workers today. The bill narrowly passed 16-13.
The bill was inspired by Angela Tucker who died in 2007 when a driver hit her car while talking on their cell phone. Fines will be $90 if a driver is found in violation of the law once it is passed. Hands Free device users will be allowed to use their phones while driving.