In August 2017, Oregon passed a law making it illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (e.g., cell phone, tablet, GPS, laptop, etc.). The law goes into effect on October 1, 2017 . Washington passed a similar law that went into effect on July 23, 2017.

The Oregon law expands existing restrictions that made talking or texting on a cell phone while driving illegal. The new law includes all other similar activities ranging from holding a cell phone to to selecting music on a handheld device while driving.

Employers should review their policies to ensure employees who drive a company vehicle or drive their personal vehicle for business reasons are prohibited from using mobile electronic devices for any purpose when driving to be in compliance with the new law.

Holding or using a mobile electronic device for any purpose while driving violated the law. The law does not apply to someone who activates or deactivates a mobile electronic device or a function of the device.