Police: Put your phones down while driving

If you text or talk on your phone while driving, you could spend six months in jail.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 10:19 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and police departments throughout Oregon are reminding everyone to put their phones down.

Distracted driving includes texting, scrolling through social media and talking on the phone. 

Under the current law, you can't text or talk on the phone. However, you can use a hands-free device to talk, but only if you're 18 years old or older.  

A violation can lead to three different types of offenses, depending on the circumstances:

  • A First Offense that doesn't contribute to a crash is a Class B violation with a maximum fine of $1,000.
  • A Second Offense, or if the First Offense contributes to a crash, is a Class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,000.
  • A Third Offense in 10 years is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in a maximum fine of $2,500 and six months in jail. 

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