Portland Metro Friday Traffic: New distracted driving law now in effect

Oregon’s new distracted driving law kicked in Sunday.

With it comes a stricter ban on cellphone use while driving and higher fines, which escalate for repeat offenders. Here’s a rundown of what is included in the law and information about fines.

With it comes a stricter ban on cellphone use while driving and higher fines, which escalate for repeat offenders.

Here are some examples where the law does not apply:

When using hands-free or built-in devices, if you are 18 years of age or older. Use of a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate the device. When parked safely, i.e., stopped in a designated parking spot (it is not legal to use the device when stopped at a stop light, stop sign, in traffic, etc). While providing or summoning medical help and no one else is available to make the call. To truck or bus drivers following the federal rules for CDL holders. When using a two-way radio if you are a CB user, school bus driver, utility truck driver in scope of employment.

Washington has had its new law in place since early June.

Work to repair crumbling concrete on the underside of the Burnside Bridge “on and around” Third Avenue on the east side started Monday, according to Multnomah County. The county expects the work to last until mid-December but said it “will have minimal impact on the public.”

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