Cell phone law loophole closed

| Print |  Email
Articles - August 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By Ben Jacklet

0811_PutDownThePhoneA loophole large enough to drive your truck through while jabbering on your cell phone has been nailed shut.

Oregon’s original 2009 mobile phone law banned texting and/or talking into a hand-held device while driving. But the law exempted all business-related calls, thus rendering it practically unenforceable, not to mention silly, given how simple it is to install and use a hands-free device in your car. The updated law ends the exception for job-related conversations, while continuing to exempt calls made by police officers and emergency teams.

Calls made by agricultural workers are also still exempt for some reason, so people determined to continue jabbering as always might want to keep some farming tools in the trunk just in case.

The law will take effect in January 2012. The fine for violators is $142.

 

Comments   

 
Steve Crawford
+1 #1 Thank goodness for that Anti Texting lawSteve Crawford 2011-08-24 11:15:29
It leaves me more time to read the paper on the way to work. And now I'll get a Medical Marijuana card so I can grow pot in my trunk in case I have an uncontrollable sexting urge and need an agricultural alibi.
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
Bob Brown
0 #2 Why do we pass unenforceable laws?Bob Brown 2011-08-25 13:15:08
I see this law being violated many times every day, which raises two questions:

1. If it can't be enforced, and obviously it can't be, why was it adopted?

2. It's actually a good idea, to NOT talk on a cell phone while driving, as most people aren't able to do so and maintain attention to their driving. As mentioned in the article, it is simple to use a hands free device. So, the second question is, why don't people obey the law and also common sense, which is that you'll be safer if you don't use your cell phone while driving.
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Storyteller in Chief: Power Player

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA WESTON

In 1996, after a 17-year career in the destination marketing industry, where I gained national standing as the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County, I was recruited by the founders of a new professional basketball league for women. The American Basketball League (ABL) hoped to leverage the success of the 1996 USA women’s national team at the Atlanta Olympics — much like USA Soccer is now leveraging the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory in the World Cup. The ABL wanted a team in Portland, and they wanted me to be its general manager.


Read more...

Loose Talk

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

When gossip crosses the line.


Read more...

Inside the Box

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE

Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

Up on the Roof

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction. 


Read more...

Car be gone

Linda Baker
Thursday, August 06, 2015
070615car2goblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

Car and ride sharing services have taken urban areas by storm. Low-income and suburban communities are left at the curb.


Read more...

Staffing Challenge

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Greg Lambert, president of Mid Oregon Personnel Services.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS