Confused about the new cellular phone ban?

At the beginning of the year, a new Oregon Law went into effect that is meant to make the roads a safer place for all.

I’ve heard a multitude of variations on the law, but thanks to the City of Beaverton, here are answers to clear up the most common misconceptions:

  • The law applies to all ages of drivers, with a catch. If you are under 18, you’re not allowed to be using your cell phone while driving, hands-free or no hands-free.
  • It’s true! There are some exceptions to the rule for people who absolutely need to use a cell phone for their job while driving. Best to check the actual law (link below) to see if you qualify, as I’m guessing most occupations are not exempt.
  • Need 911? If no one else in the car is able to call for help, you can.
  • This is not a “secondary offense” in Beaverton – it is what is known as a “primary offense” – this means law enforcement can pull you over simply for seeing you chatting on your phone.
  • It’s going to cost you – the fine for a driver violating the law is a minimum of $90.

You can check the full bill online by clicking here.