Services How Do I...?

Oregon's New Distracted Driving Law 

The facts on HB 2597, which took effect Oct. 1, 2017.

Oregon's new distracted driving law


Download ODOT's fact sheet (PDF)


OREGON HOUSE BILL 2597
DISTRACTED DRIVING FACT SHEET

THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW:

Focus on driving and put away the distractions.

IMPORTANT DATES:

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

It is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, GPS, laptop).


EXCEPTIONS (some are “affirmative defenses,” which means you may need to prove to the court):

THIS NEW LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING:


FINES:

First offense, not contributing to a crash: Class B violation.

Second offense, or first offense, if it contributed to a crash: Class A violation.

Third offense in ten years: Class B misdemeanor.


COURSE FOR FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS:

For a first offense that does not contribute to a crash, the court may suspend the fine* if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance course, and shows proof to the court, within four months.

* Only the fine is suspended – the violation will still be recorded on the offender’s driving record.


 

Share this page

Clackamas County Sheriff

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Office: (503) 785-5000
Non-Emergency: (503) 655-8211

If this is an emergency,
call 9-1-1.