Old-school ham radio operators could be a safety net for communication in the case of a natural disaster, such as a major earthquake, when other communication systems are down. That earned them an exception to the new restrictions.
By PARIS ACHEN | September 21, 2017 / Capital Bureau/Daily Astorian
SALEM — A new distracted driving law that takes effect in October expands an existing ban on using cellphones while driving to all electronic mobile devices and stiffens fines and penalties.
The law is aimed at improving safety conditions on Oregon roads. Drivers who talk on the phone are more than four times, and those who text are more than 23 times, more likely to have a crash, according to a report by the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Task Force.