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Bend Police and volunteers are hiding at some busy intersections to see how many people are texting or talking on hand-held phones while driving.


 Bend officer Leo Lotito says distracted driving continues to be a big problem - and in that category- illegal cell phone use makes up a big portion of distracted driving. 


"Between 12 and 20 percent still on the roads- cell phone use or texting among drivers-  we actually put a volunteer out there- sometimes its a traffic officer - we are out of sight keeping track of how many people are using their cells phones-...doing a survey at the time."


He says 12 to 20 percent is probably a low figure.  April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month."


Traffic & Weather




  • 27th Street Bear Creek Road and Forum Dr. down to a single lane 6a – 10p Signal light at 27th and Forum will be disabled and only right turns off 27th will be allowed.


  • Road closures along Roosevelt Ave >< Silver Lake Blvd -Chamberlain St. 7a-5p (9/6-11/20)


  • Lane closures and detours Mt. WA Dr at Shevlin Park Road North to Regency (7/11-11/30)
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