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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Stiffer Fines for Drivers on the Phone

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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon motorists caught making calls or texting while driving could face stiffer fines. 

The Oregon State Legislature is considering a bill presented by Senate President Peter Courtney, that would increase the fine for distracted driving up to $1000. 

Courtney says he wants people to start taking the current distracted driving laws more seriously.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill.

A similar bill in the State House is aiming to increase the fines for drivers using their cell phones to $2,000. The current maximum fine is $250.