January 1 was the first day of Oregon's new "cell-phone law". From that day forward, you touch your cell phone at your peril while driving.
Supposedly you can still talk if you have a "hands-free" device, but I suspect that my old LG pocketwatch won't adapt to them. Which means a new cell phone...
The thing I find a little irking is that I am generally a fairly decent driver with my cell on. I don't dial the thing, and it picks up when I open it, so there's no buttons to push when someone calls in.
The things I do that do tend to distract me - eating, and reading maps - are still perfectly legal, or so I understand. And I drive a lot at work, and using the cell to talk while going from one site to another is a very efficient way for me to work.
But no matter; it looks like I'm going to have to go to the goddam Verison store.Rrrr.