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Distracted Driving Law

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Should Oregon’s distracted driving law be changed? The distracted driving law for Oregon is that a driver cannot use a hand-held device while driving. However a hands-free device may be used if you are over the age of eighteen. The law aims to reduce distractions for drivers. It specifically prohibits cell phones to talk or text. The brain can only handle one major task at a time. If there are more than one task the brain will have to divert the attention from one to the other causing them to not focus on the other task. In the case of driving while texting they will be paying more attention to their phone than the road and can cause serious accidents. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the brain activity focused on driving by 37%.
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