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I recently got a ticket in the state of Oregon a

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I recently got a ticket in the state of Oregon for taking a picture of a police officer's license plate (at a stop light) because he was driving 20mph over the speed limit with no lights or siren on. He says he was responding to a call, but he was speeding for several miles, and also tailgating. He decided to pull me over and cite me for cellphone use and careless driving after stating that I did not have both hands on the wheel at the time. I drive a stick shift year 2000 Mercury cougar. Would I be able to win a traffic case against him?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 2 years ago.
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Odd that he had time to pull you over when he was supposed to be responding to a call.
You may be able to beat this ticket because you were not using the cell phone as a communication device. Oregon law prohibits texting and use of handheld cell phones for all drivers with the exception of police, emergency responders and drivers in emergency situations.
Specifically, Oregon law bans the use of a “mobile communication device” while driving. This device is defined as a text messaging device or a wireless, two-way communication device designed to receive and transmit voice or text communication.
You were not using the phone as a communication device so the citation is incorrect. There is no specific law prohibiting your action. Therefore the citation is likely invalid. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any cases addressing this specific issue, but the argument is sound. It is axiomatic that penal statutes must be specific.
Here is a link to the law:
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