New laws go into effect for 2012



SALEM, Ore. (AP) —

Beginning Monday, a new law goes into effect on Oregon’s 2009 ban on use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

The Statesman Journal ( ) says the new law removes what is known as the “employment-related exemption” that allowed drivers to use cell phones if the hand-held devices were considered necessary for employment.

Exemptions for use in farming operations, emergency responders and emergencies remain in place.

Among the hundreds of laws that take effect from the 2011 session, two are specifically aimed at intoxicated drivers.

Beginning in 2012, Oregonians will have to pay a lot more if they choose to drink and drive. Even first-time offenders will be reminded of that cost every time they start their car.


Information from: Statesman Journal,