Police focus on distracted drivers on I-5

Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department will be on the hunt for distracted drivers between mileposts 27 and 40 on Interstate 5 Thursday as part of a national campaign intended to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Distractions include anything that diverts attention from the road. This includes mobile phone use. The violation carries a minimum $142 fine and can be as high as $500.

Oregon Department of Transportation statistics show 65 people were killed in crashes stemming from distracted drivers between 2008 and 2012 statewide. Of that number, 13 were due to drivers talking on the phone or texting.

A news release from OSP says police also will focus on enforcing the "Move Over" law, which says drivers must move over and slow down to give extra space to emergency responders working on the side of the road with flashing lights.

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