It's illegal to talk on your phone or text while driving. On Thursday, officers will issue tickets.

               A handful of Washington County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a joint traffic sting on Thursday, aimed at getting drivers off their cellphones when on the road.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, the Hillsboro and Beaverton police departments, along with the Washington County Sheriff's office, will hold a joint enforcement of Oregon's new distracted driving law. Police and deputies will be on Canyon Road and Tualatin Valley Highway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., looking for drivers speaking on their cellphones.

In October, the state's new distracted driving law went into effect, barring drivers from handling cellphones or other electronics while behind the wheel.

"We are still seeing many drivers with phones in their hands," said Beaverton Police spokesman Mike Rowe. "The Beaverton Police Department spent the first 15 days of October working on educating the community about the new law. The next step is to do focused enforcement of this law."

Rowe said that drivers can pull over if they need to make a phone call.

"Please keep your eyes up and hands of your cell phone while driving. That text or call can wait and is not worth crashing your car and potentially cause someone's death."

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