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Oregon's New Distracted Driving Law

Distracted drivers pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road. On average each day in the United States, more than 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control. From 2011 to 2015 in Oregon, 54 people died and 15,150 were injured in 9,951 crashes involving people texting, reading emails, or engaging in other distracted behaviors while driving.

In response, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 2597 making it illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device --cell phone, tablet, GPS, or laptop. The law went into effect October 1, 2017.

Can I use navigation apps or music? What's the penalty for violators? Everything you need to know about the new law. 

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There is an App for That

Technology Can Reduce Distracted Driving

There are multiple mobile  applications that exist with a single goal of preventing distracted driving crashes and saving lives. These smartphone apps detect when a vehicle is moving and are capable of  tracking speeds and sudden stops. The apps then provides feedback on the driver's behavior. Some systems block calls and texts, while others score the driver on their distraction avoidance skills. 

Emergency override is standard on all technologies allowing users to dial 911 if necessary. Unlock features allow phones to be used by a passenger or on public transportation.

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Distracted Driving Resources