Ban on using cellphones while driving is revised


The Senate voted Monday to remove a “scope of employment” exemption to Oregon’s ban on using cellphones while driving.

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The Senate voted Monday to remove a “scope of employment” exemption to Oregon’s ban on using cellphones while driving.

Even one senator who voted against the original law in 2009 joined in support of House Bill 3186, which was approved 17-12 and returns to the House for action on amendments.

Sen. Chris Telfer, R-Bend, said she has received numerous complaints from drivers who get ticketed despite what they believe is an exemption from the ban “in the scope of the person’s employment if operation of the motor vehicle is necessary for the person’s job.”

Telfer said judges told her the law was not clear about appropriate business use of a cellphone while driving.

Read more in today’s Statesman Journal.