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Eugene police cracking down on distracted driving with extra patrols

Police were out in force Thursday, driving along Coburg Road and the Oakway area looking for distracted driving, which can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2018 4:27 PM

UPDATE: There were five traffic citations for distracted driving during Thursday's crackdown in the Coburg Road and Oakway area, Eugene police said.

Overall, police said there were 20 uniform traffic citations and 17 warnings for miscellaneous offenses.

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Police are cracking down on distracted drivers in Eugene. They were out on one of the busiest roads in town on Thursday looking for people on their phones.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Sgt. Shawn Marsh with the Eugene Police Department. Marsh and other traffic officers were out in force on Coburg Road and the Oakway area.

Marsh said with the busy holiday season, it’s a good time to remind drivers about Oregon’s law that prohibits drivers from using or even holding any electronic devices.

“If somebody's talking on their phone or texting, more than likely they'll get a citation for it, just because of the danger factor involved in it,” Marsh said.

He said the punishment for getting caught can start with a $300 ticket, and on your third citation you could face potential jail time, but even worse is knowing you hurt someone because you couldn’t put down your phone.

"There's thousands of serious physical injuries and fatalities every year with people on their cell phones,” Marsh said. “It's actually the number one cause of serious physical injuries and fatalities currently in the United States.”

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