Cell phone law loophole closed


0811_PutDownThePhoneA loophole large enough to drive your truck through while jabbering on your cell phone has been nailed shut.

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By Ben Jacklet

0811_PutDownThePhoneA loophole large enough to drive your truck through while jabbering on your cell phone has been nailed shut.

Oregon’s original 2009 mobile phone law banned texting and/or talking into a hand-held device while driving. But the law exempted all business-related calls, thus rendering it practically unenforceable, not to mention silly, given how simple it is to install and use a hands-free device in your car. The updated law ends the exception for job-related conversations, while continuing to exempt calls made by police officers and emergency teams.

Calls made by agricultural workers are also still exempt for some reason, so people determined to continue jabbering as always might want to keep some farming tools in the trunk just in case.

The law will take effect in January 2012. The fine for violators is $142.




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