In June 2010, laws governing the use of cell phones for making and taking calls and text messaging while driving got a whole lot stricter.
This is when these actions became primary offenses, meaning police can issue drivers a $124 ticket for this violation alone.
Still, even one year and numerous news reports and informational campaigns later, drivers continue to take their chances by using cell phones while operating moving vehicles. This fact was proven in Camas on Wednesday as longtime Police Officer Tim Dickerson led an enforcement emphasis to catch people violating the cell phone law. Several tickets were issued, and some violators seemed unaware of the specifics of the law.
There is no doubt that texting and talking on cell phones have become major parts of our everyday lives. Most of us wonder how we ever did without the ability to make and receive phone calls at a moment’s notice.
But while in many ways these modern devices make our lives easier in a world that moves at lightning pace, making improper or just plain stupid decisions about using them can cost lives.