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Updated OSP Enforcement Statistics of New Cell Phone Law
04/21/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Enforcement by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers of Oregon's new cell phone law banning most uses of mobile communication devices while driving a motor vehicle during March remained consistent with previously released February statistics. During the first three months since the new law went into effect January 1, OSP troopers have cited 184 drivers and warned 692 others.
 

Updated enforcement statistics during the first three months:
  • March - 71 citations and 200 warnings
  • February - 72 citations and 233 warnings
  • January - 41 citations and 259 warnings
 
With some exceptions, it is unlawful in Oregon for a driver to use a cell phone without using a hands-free accessory while operating a motor vehicle. Violation of the cell phone law is a primary offense, meaning that a police officer may stop a driver solely for observing the violation, and is a class D traffic violation with a minimum base fine of $142.
 
(Note: These numbers are statewide and not broken down by local areas)