Chapter 530 Oregon Laws 2011

 

AN ACT

 

HB 3186

 

Relating to operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 811.507.

 

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

 

††††††††† SECTION 1. ORS 811.507 is amended to read:

††††††††† 811.507. (1) As used in this section:

††††††††† (a) ďHands-free accessoryĒ 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) ďMobile communication deviceĒ 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) [To a person who] Is summoning medical or other emergency help if no other person in the vehicle is capable of summoning help;

††††††††† (b) [To a person] Is using a mobile communication device for the purpose of farming or agricultural operations;

††††††††† (c) [To a person] Is operating an ambulance or emergency vehicle;

††††††††† (d) [To a person] Is 18 years of age or older [who] and is using a hands-free accessory;

††††††††† (e) [To a person] Is operating a motor vehicle while providing public safety services or emergency services [as a volunteer];

††††††††† (f) [To a person] Is operating a motor vehicle while acting in the scope of the personís employment as a public safety officer, as defined in ORS 348.270;

††††††††† [(g) To a person operating a motor vehicle in the scope of the personís employment if operation of the motor vehicle is necessary for the personís job;]

††††††††† [(h) To a person activating or deactivating the mobile communication device or a function of the device;]

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

††††††††† [(i)] (h) [To a person who] Holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued or any other license issued by the Federal Communications Commission and is operating an amateur radio;

††††††††† [(j)] (i) [To a person who operates] Is operating a two-way radio device that transmits radio communication transmitted by a station operating on an authorized frequency within the citizensí or family radio service bands in accordance with rules of the Federal Communications Commission; [or]

††††††††† (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 personís employment; or

††††††††† (k) [To a person] 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 personís employment;

††††††††† (B) Providing transit services [to persons with disabilities or to senior citizens]; 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.

 

††††††††† SECTION 2. The amendments to ORS 811.507 by section 1 of this 2011 Act apply to offenses that occur on or after the effective date of this 2011 Act.

 

Approved by the Governor June 28, 2011

 

Filed in the office of Secretary of State June 29, 2011

 

Effective date January 1, 2012

__________