As of January 1st, there will be no more telling the police officer that you were talking on your cell phone while driving (with it up to your ear) because it was “employment related.” As of New Year’s Day, that excuse will no longer be a legal defense. You get a $110 ticket.
The last state legislature “clarified” the state’s cell phone laws that will, effective Jan. 1, outlaw all “phone-to-the-ear” use unless you are: A police officer. A city/county/district fire fighter, or volunteer firefighter who is enroute to a fire or other emergency call. A tow truck driver. A utility company/agency driver.
It’s time for that bluetooth purchase you’ve put off. And it’s STILL illegal to text while driving too.
Another new law taking effect January 1st is that anyone 40 years of age or younger must complete an ODOT approved motorcycle safety course before they are allowed to receive a motorcycle license.