Starting on October 1st, 2017 Oregon will start enforcing a new distracted driving law. If you check a handheld electronic device while driving will cost you $260 to $1,000 for your first offense, $435 to $2,000 for your second and up to six months in jail for your third. This means, if you get a Snapchat message and you pick it up to look at it, while driving, you could face a steep fine and points on your drivers license.
Many young drivers are used to checking Snapchat and updating their story while behind the wheel of a car. Whether they are showing off their gorgeous smile, their new outfit they are wearing to school or wanting to video the popular song they are singing, Snapchat is the place to do so. This is unfortunate because it is causing a great distraction. While every app is distracting, Snapchat is more distracting than most because it is not super easy to use. It is not as easy as picking it up and reading a few letters. You have to open the app and then know that when you read a test or look at a picture it is going to disappear forever.
While millions of parents in Oregon and throughout the United States worry about their children’s driving habits, Oregon police officers are going to do their best to enforce this new law. It is well known that parents tend to buy used vehicles versus new vehicles because they know teenagers are not the best when it comes to driving.
It will be interesting to see just how much the Oregon police enforce this law. How will they be able to tell if a driver is using their iPhone or Android as a GPS device, a telephone or to play on an app? This has been a debate for quite some time. Is there really any way to know if a driver is using a phone in a way that can cause a ticket. Are cops willing to take on the risk of pulling someone over that is just using Google Maps or Apple Maps?