Oregon Statutes - Chapter 811 - Rules of the Road for Drivers - Section 811.507 - Operating motor vehicle while using mobile communication device; penalty.

(1) A person under 18 years of age commits the offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device if the person, while operating a motor vehicle on a highway, uses a mobile communication device and the person holds:

(a) A provisional driver license issued under ORS 807.065;

(b) A special student driver permit issued under ORS 807.230; or

(c) An instruction driver permit issued under ORS 807.280.

(2) For purposes of this section, “mobile communication device” means a text messaging device or a wireless, two-way communication device designed to receive and transmit voice or text communication.

(3) This section does not apply:

(a) To a person who is summoning medical or other emergency help if no other person in the vehicle is capable of summoning help; or

(b) To a person using a mobile communication device for the purpose of farming or agricultural operations.

(4) Notwithstanding ORS 810.410, a police officer may enforce this provision only as a secondary action when a driver of a motor vehicle has been detained for a suspected traffic violation or some other offense.

(5) The offense described in this section, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device, is a Class D traffic violation. [2007 c.870 §2]

Note: 811.507 was added to and made a part of the Oregon Vehicle Code by legislative action but was not added to ORS chapter 811 or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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