Oregon's New Distracted Driving Law

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Enforcement begins October 1st

Distracted drivers pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road. From 2011 to 2015 in Oregon, 54 people died and 15,150 were injured in 9,951 crashes involving a distracted driver.

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. That adds up to 420,000 injuries and 3,100 deaths from 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 goes into effect October 1, 2017.

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Technology Can Reduce Distracted Driving

Did you know that technology exists that can prevent distracted driving crashes and save lives? This most often takes the form of smartphone apps which detect when a vehicle is moving and provides feedback on driver behavior.  Some systems block calls and texts while others score drivers on distraction avoidance. Advanced technologies are capable of tracking speed and sudden stops.

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.

There are a large number of technology solutions to choose from many of which are free to download. Click the links below to learn more

For more on using technology to reduce distracted driving visit the National Safety Council