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 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.
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.
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.