Rep who supported Oregon’s distracted driving law gets busted for using phone while driving

Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn (OregonLive)

Talk about hypocrisy at it’s finest. According to the latest report at KATU, state Rep. Julie Parrish, who supported the bill to punish drivers using their cell phones while driving, was pulled over and ticketed for just that. Here’s the best part, she just so happened to be on her way to the KATU News studios for an interview, and grabbed her phone to look for directions. I guess she forgot the new law as of Oct. 1 made using your phone for anything while driving considered a distraction, and illegal… Which of course, includes GPS.

Parrish was pulled over and slapped with a $265 ticket, which is the cost for the first offense. This lady has gone on the record to say her experience serves as a good reminder to drivers and to show officers are enforcing the law. She’s also mentioned she is a mother to teenagers herself, and “wants them to be safe on the road.”

ODOT reports distracted drivers cause an average of more than 2,400 crashes a year in Oregon.


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    • I’m not defending her actions, but I think it has less to do with being a politician and more with being a…regular person. “Nobody’s looking, I’ll do it just this once.” I know I do that sort of thing all the time.

      Then again, I didn’t support the law which made the thing I was attempting to get away with illegal, so…

  1. She’s a decent person, really. She made a mistake, and she didn’t try to hide it or get out of it. Julie really does care, and isn’t a “politician” as people would say. She is, but in a good sense.