MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police is stepping up enforcement for new laws that increase penalties for driving and using a cell phone. The law, which came into effect this year, increases fines to up to $160 for texting or talking.
On Sunday, officers were out looking for violations. Cpl. Chris Dode, with the Medford Police Department, said they usually get a few each week, and most of the people pulled over do end up receiving citations. Corp. Dode say people using their phones can usually be spotted either through the windows, or through their erratic driving patterns.
“From my perspective it looks a lot like a drunk driver, said Sgt. Darrell Graham with the Medford Police.
“You’re seeing a lot of people not able to maintain a single lane of travel… not signaling appropriately… their signaling is off… their braking is off.”
Using a hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset is still allowed under the new laws.