The Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff's Department say they are continuing efforts to increase awareness and save lives during "Distracted Driving Awareness" month by conducting a joint enforcement operation between Medford and Gold Hill. Thursday (tomorrow) police will be monitoring Interstate 5 between mileposts 27 and 40 for distracted driver violations.
Oregon law prohibits cell phone use or texting while driving. Police also remind motorists that according to the "Move Over" law passed in 2003, that if they are driving up behind or next to any kind of emergency vehicle, a roadside assistance vehicle or a tow vehicle along the side of the road with emergency lights flashing, that they must move over to a non-adjacent lane when there are two or more lanes going in the same direction OR slow down to a speed five miles per hour lower than the posted speed limit if changing lanes is not safely possible.
Many law enforcement officers and emergency workers report having numerous "close calls" while helping the public alongside roadways. Many violators of the "Move Over" law say they weren't aware of the law, though it was passed over 10 years ago.