Fines for texting or talking while driving to double

Fines for texting or talking while driving to double

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 9:19 PM

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.

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