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Penalties for distracted driving will add up starting July 1

 
distracted driving adBeginning July 1, distracted driving penalties in Oregon will start adding up. Distracted driving is already exacting a high price – with fatalities and serious injuries occurring regularly in crashes where a driver is distracted – and now the cost for the driver may go even higher.

Offenses under the state’s distracted driving law will begin counting toward elevated sanctions beginning July 1. Here’s how the penalties can add up:

• First offense, not contributing to a crash: Class B violation, with a fine up to $1,000.

• Second offense, or first offense, if it contributed to a crash: Class A violation, with a fine up to $2,500.

• Third offense in ten years: Class B misdemeanor, with a fine up to $2,500 and potential for 6 months in jail.

Not being fully focused on the complex task of driving can have disastrous results. From 2012-2016 in Oregon, there were 10,814 crashes involving a distracted driver, resulting in 70 fatalities and 16,503 injuries.

This year, in unofficial numbers, Oregon has had 172 fatalities, up 17.8% from the same time last year. While we don’t yet know the factors that contributed to these crashes, anecdotal information indicates many of these involved vehicles traveling out of their lane – and that can be the result of drivers being distracted.

For more information about distracted driving, please read the full ODOT news release and visit the following webpages.

Secure your load before you hit the road


secure your load logoThe Oregon Department of Transportation is joining other organizations throughout the nation in raising awareness about the importance of securing your load. Whether your bringing some lumber home for a remodeling project or hauling a load of hay, a load must be securely fastened and is only considered secure when nothing can slide, fall or shift onto the roadway or become airborne.
 
According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, more than 200,000 crashes in the past four years were caused by road debris. What’s worse? The study showed that road debris resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. Here’s another startling statistic: As a nation, we spend up to $11.5 billion on litter, and it is estimated that 20 to 40 percent of that litter is from unsecured loads.
-- Federal Highway Administration Fast Act
 
For more information regarding load securement, visit the following links:
Secure Your Load webpage
Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement
Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads

Oregon Revised Statutes on Cargo Securement:

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