Oregon House OKs cell phone ban

SALEM — Drivers caught operating a motor vehicle while talking on a hand-held cell phone could face a $90 fine under a bill that's been approved by the Oregon House.

If the measure wins final approval, Oregon will join its neighboring states of Washington and California in restricting the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

The proposed new law does not apply to drivers using a cell phone equipped with a handsfree device. It also has exceptions for certain drivers, including those working in public safety.

The measure was approved by a 38-22 vote Tuesday after backers said drivers distracted by cell phone use are a traffic hazard to themselves and others on the road. It now goes to the Senate.

— The Associated Press

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