Over the next few weeks, officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will conduct enforcement missions that focus on the use of cellular telephones while operating a motor vehicle. This law recently came into effect and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman has asked the Portland Police Bureau to assist in educating the public about it.
Since the law came into effect on January 1, 2010, Portland Police Officers have issued citations and warnings to drivers violating the new law in the Portland area. The upcoming missions will be conducted in different parts of the city and the goals of added enforcement are to educate drivers and modify future behavior to ensure the safety of all road users.
Commissioner Saltzman is concerned about the safety and welfare of all who share the road and states "talking on a cell phone and texting while driving is a hazard to others who share the road, the goal of these missions is to increase safety for all who use our Portland roadways."