New Oregon Law Prohibits Excessive Truck Idling; Removes Cell Phone Use Exception

New in the State of Oregon in 2012 is a law that commercial vehicles may not idle more than 5 minute during any one hour period. There are exceptions for maintenance and for heating and cooling in extreme weather. At the same time, Oregon eliminated the “necessary for a person’s job” exception to the state’s ban on handheld cellphone. Police officers complained that the exception was difficult to enforce. What’s an officer to do, take the cell phone from somebody’s hand and confirm that it’s somebody’s boss on the other end? Hands-free cell phone use is still permitted.

I have worked on Oregon truck accident cases with local Oregon lawyers. If you are an Oregon attorney who wishes to co-counsel with me, please call. I’d love to discuss it with you. -Michael Leizerman


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