Oregon, Washington Lawmakers Eye Distracted Driving

Mar 7, 2017
Originally published on March 7, 2017 4:16 pm

Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are debating measures intended to crack down on distracted driving.

The Washington Senate approved a bill this week that would make it a violation to hold or even touch any mobile electronic device while driving. In Oregon, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a similar measure.

"You're more now, I think in danger -- or your loved ones -- of being hit by someone by someone texting or messing (with their phone) then you are with someone drinking and driving,” said chief sponsor Senate President Peter Courtney.

Courtney's bill would treat using a mobile electronic device while driving as a misdemeanor. He said the legislation shows how serious he considers distracted driving to be.

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