Driving school sees increase in enrollment in distracted driving class

The increase comes as more people are being cited for being on their phones while behind the wheel.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 9:47 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 10:23 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- With more people being caught driving while on their phones, one local driving school is seeing an increase in enrollment in their distracted driving class.

The Lane County Driving School said this week their distracted driving class will be teaching 15 students instead of their usual five per session. The increase comes as more people are being cited for being on their phones while behind the wheel.

According to data from the Eugene Police Department, they have written 94 citations since July for distracted driving. Instructor Brad Folsom said a lot of his people he has taught were caught on their phones at a traffic light, in a parking lot or even in a restaurant drive-thru.

RELATED: POLICE: PUT YOUR PHONES DOWN WHILE DRIVING

"First they come in a little angry. They want to yell at somebody, and I get that, and I take that fear away from them, let them understand that it is a relaxed atmosphere, and they seem to respond. They always walk out with some kind of knowledge that they never heard before about defensive driving," Folsom said.

For first offenders, they have the option of enrolling in a class like Folsom's for $50 or pay the fine. But if someone is caught again using their phone behind the wheel during their 10-year probation period, the next fine could be anywhere between $500 and $2,500. The third offense could lead to $62,000 fine or a year in jail.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 11188

Reported Deaths: 230
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah269472
Marion174353
Washington172020
Clackamas91427
Umatilla8867
Union3671
Lincoln3634
Lane2713
Malheur2661
Deschutes2290
Yamhill1719
Linn16810
Polk16812
Jackson1640
Jefferson1450
Morrow1321
Klamath1311
Wasco1021
Benton996
Hood River990
Douglas560
Clatsop550
Josephine541
Coos520
Columbia470
Lake240
Crook171
Tillamook150
Wallowa120
Curry90
Baker80
Sherman30
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 69°
Corvallis
Few Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 68°
Roseburg
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 71°
North Bend
Few Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 68°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events