New law will attempt to curb distracted driving

By RANDOM PENDRAGON Keizertimes Intern Distracted driving contributed to the largest increase of traffic fatalities Oregon has seen in a decade, and on average eight people are hurt or killed by a distracted driver each day. Oregon legislators are hoping to curtail those trends with a new law. On Oct. 1, Oregon House Bill 2597 takes effect making it illegal to drive while holding or using electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets, excluding hands-free or built-in devices. There are some exceptions, including the use of mobile devices while parked, but the bill asserts that it is not legal...

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