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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Phone use banned and what else?

Written September 14th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

ODOT has put out a one-page “distracted driving fact sheet.” Unfortunately it does not clarify what was left unclear by the lengthy process in the 2017 legislature of drafting and amending and finally passing House Bill 2597.


The flaws in the cell phone ban

Written June 30th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany Rep. Andy Olson’s bill against distracted driving caused by cell phone use has been much amended and now has cleared the Senate. But it still has one problem: It makes no sense.


Phone/driving bill hits a detour

Written June 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature’s attempt to prevent distracted driving because of any kind of cell phone use could not get out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Chairman Floyd Prozanski salvaged the bill by arranging to have it transferred to the Senate Committee on Rules.


Phone/driving ban reaches too far

Written May 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

In Salem, the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning once again postponed action on Rep. Andy Olson’s bill to outlaw the use of any mobile electronic device while driving. It would be understandable if legislators had second thoughts about this bill.


House OK’s cell phone crackdown

Written May 3rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Despite misgivings about over-regulating the way we live, the Oregon House has approved Rep. Andy Olson’s bill to get tough on people using cell phones while driving.


Mobile phone crackdown: Questions

Written February 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

State Reps. Andy Olson of Albany, Dan Rayfield of Corvallis, and a few other legislators want Oregon to get tougher on distracted driving caused by handling mobile phones. But their bill on that issue has problems, and it’s not clear that passing it would have the desired effect.


 
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