New driving law in Oregon now in effect

The new distracted driving law will go into effect on October 1.

OREGON - The new distracted driving law went into full effect on Sunday, enforcing several restrictions on how you can use your phone while operating a vehicle.

Springfield Police Officer Tom Speldrich says it doesn't take long to spot a distracted driver.

Starting on October 1, it will be illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device. That includes changing music on your phone, or even using the GPS.

Drivers are allowed to use a hands-free device if older than 18, or when they are stopped at a designated parking spot.

Officer Speldrich says it is up to the drivers to protect and keep each other safe.

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