2011 ORS § 811.507¹
Operating motor vehicle while using mobile communication device
  • exceptions
  • penalty

(1) As used in this section:

(a) Hands-free accessory means an attachment or built-in feature for or an addition to a mobile communication device, whether or not permanently installed in a motor vehicle, that when used allows a person to maintain both hands on the steering wheel.

(b) Mobile communication device means a text messaging device or a wireless, two-way communication device designed to receive and transmit voice or text communication.

(2) A person 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.

(3) This section does not apply to a person who activates or deactivates a mobile communication device or a function of the device or who uses the device for voice communication if the person:

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

(b) Is using a mobile communication device for the purpose of farming or agricultural operations;

(c) Is operating an ambulance or emergency vehicle;

(d) Is 18 years of age or older and is using a hands-free accessory;

(e) Is operating a motor vehicle while providing public safety services or emergency services;

(f) Is operating a motor vehicle while acting in the scope of the persons employment as a public safety officer, as defined in ORS 348.270 (Scholarships for children of public safety officers and former foster children);

(g) Is operating a tow vehicle or roadside assistance vehicle while acting in the scope of the persons employment;

(h) Holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued or any other license issued by the Federal Communications Commission and is operating an amateur radio;

(i) Is operating a two-way radio device that transmits radio communication transmitted by a station operating on an authorized frequency within the citizens or family radio service bands in accordance with rules of the Federal Communications Commission;

(j) Is operating a vehicle owned or contracted by a utility for the purpose of installing, repairing, maintaining, operating or upgrading utility service, including but not limited to natural gas, electricity, water or telecommunications, while acting in the scope of the persons employment; or

(k) Is using a function of the mobile communication device that allows for only one-way voice communication while the person is:

(A) Operating a motor vehicle in the scope of the persons employment;

(B) Providing transit services; or

(C) Participating in public safety or emergency service activities.

(4) 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; 2009 c.834 §1; 2011 c.530 §1]

Note: 811.507 (Operating motor vehicle while using mobile communication device) 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.