PORTLAND -- You might want to think twice before texting or talking on the phone while driving. Next week, fines in Oregon will double.
The new maximum penalty for using a mobile device while driving is $500.
A lot of drivers think they can hide the phone or hold it on speaker, but police said they’re not fooling anyone.
In February, a Unit 8 investigation found many drivers underestimate the risk. Distracted drivers on cell phones are to blame for hundreds of crashes every year.
Background: OR police cracking down on distracted drivers
On Friday, Oregon State Police warned drivers with a tweet.
Since our cellphone law took effect in 2010, OSP Tprs have stopped over 21,000 drivers. Over 5,100 stopped this year. #distracteddriving— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) December 27, 2013