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Oregon drivers face new cell phone restrictions on Jan. 1

Oregon drivers will have to adjust to several new driving laws that take effect next week

Oregon drivers will have to adjust to several new driving laws that take effect next week, including one that limits cell phone use while driving.

Starting in on Jan. 1, 2012, most drivers won't be allowed to talk on a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel, even if it is for business purposes.

Previously, drivers were allowed to make work-related calls while driving for their job. But under House Bill 3168, passed this summer, only those driving a roadside assistance vehicle, tow truck or a utility vehicle while servicing a utility will be allowed to talk on the phone.

The bill also outlaws texting for all drivers. Talking on a hands-free device is allowed for drivers over 18 years old.