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Stricter hands-free driving state law effective Oct. 1

A new law (HB 2597) makes holding or using a mobile electronic device while driving illegal. This includes your cell phone, GPS systems, tablets, etc.—anything that you use for texting, talking, emailing, entertainment, navigating or accessing the internet. If you need to use your electronic device, you must first safely stop in a designated parking spot.

Learn more about the new law.

There were 496 traffic fatalities in Oregon in 2016 and 445 traffic fatalities in 2015. The 2015 total was 25% higher than the 356 total in 2014 and stands as the most significant year-on-year increase Oregon has had since 1946.

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