Texting And Driving Just Got More Expensive In Oregon | 101 KXL

Texting And Driving Just Got More Expensive In Oregon

Written by Pat Boyle on January 2, 2014
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Portland, Oregon – You have new incentive to hang up and drive. The maximum fine for texting or talking on your handheld phone while driving has just increased from $250 to $500. The increase took effect January 1st. The increase is designed to decrease the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting.

Shelly Snow with the Oregon Department of Transportation says they don’t plan a public awareness campaign about the bigger fine. She says studies show Oregonians know it’s illegal to text and drive. She says it’s not just  a specific age group ignoring the law. She says drivers of all ages are still texting or talking on their handheld behind the wheel.

Between 2009 and 2011 in Oregon, 9 drivers died in accidents involving a driver using a cell phone. 673 people have been injured.

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1 reply to “Texting And Driving Just Got More Expensive In Oregon

  1. Erik Wood

    Text and Drive recently became the #1 killer of teens in the US – more lethal than drunk driving. I think its starting to become clear that legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I also read that over 3/4 of teens text daily – many text more than 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. Tweens (ages 9 -12) send texts to each other from their bikes. Technology needs to be part of the solution and not dismissed as the villain.

    I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This software is a social messaging tool for the end user that also empowers this same individual to be a sustainably safer driver.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER apps (Since 2010. Free)
    do one thing well… be great.


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