The Oregon Legislature has brought us a lot of new laws, and changes to old laws, that will affect the rules of the road. Some are effective now, others won’t take effect until the 2018. Regardless, it’s best to get ready for them now! Beginning January 1, 2018, SB34 expands the “move over law” to include motor vehicles warning lights, hazard lights or “signs of distress.” The expanded law covers any vehicle that is stopped and is displaying On a road with more than two lanes in each direction, you have to move over or slow down to 5 mph under the speed limit. It used to be that you could only choose to slow down if you couldn’t change lanes safely. It’s now your choice. On a road with only one lane in each direction, you have to slow down to 5 mph under the speed limit.
The Oregon Legislature has brought us a lot of new laws, and changes to old laws, that will affect the rules of the road. Some are effective now, others won’t take effect until the 2018. Regardless, it’s best to get ready for them now! The Legislature changed two important rules about your duties after an accident. Damage Threshold for Accident Reporting Increased Effective immediately, SB 35 changes the threshold for reporting an accident to DMV, on the DMV’s accident reporting form, has been increased to $2500.00. If your vehicle (that you own or are driving) suffers more than $2500.00 in damage, you must report it. If any non-vehicle property suffers more than $2500.00 in damage, all drivers involved must report the accident. The obligations to report if any vehicle is towed, or any person is killed or injured, remains unchanged. If you don’t report an accident when required, it can be a class B traffic violation and DMV can suspend your license until you fil
Hey! You use a cell phone in Oregon? Then you need to be paying attention to HB2597. https://goo.gl/JqzDSg It just passed the OR Senate and this is what it does: 1. Makes it illegal to *hold* your phone (or any electronic device) while driving. This includes handing it to someone to answer, or to your kid to play a game, or picking it up if it falls off the floor. Anything.; 2. Makes it illegal to USE a phone (or any electronic device) FOR ANY PURPOSE while driving. Navigation. Music. Handsfree talking. Dashcam. A paperweight? Nothing. 3. Makes *affirmative defense* that you used handsfree mode. That means a cop can give you a ticket if you’re either holding or using a phone (or MEB) – even in handsfree mode – and you have to prove in court that you used handsfree. Got a headset? Tell it to the judge; 4. Makes 3rd offense in 10 years a CRIME. You could go to jail for 6 months. Crime could never be removed from your record. This law is bad and it is easily sailing thro
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Oregon DMV Has Expanded the Rules for CDL Drivers and Serious Traffic Violations Serious traffic violations are serious business for CDL drivers. Under ORS 809.525: DMV will suspend your CDL 60 days for if you get two serious traffic violations within three years. DMV will suspend your CDL 120 days for if you get three serious traffic violations (or more) within three years. If you get more than one suspension, they must be served consecutively (one after the other). Here’s the current list of serious traffic violations: (1) A violation, while operating a motor vehicle [note: doesn’t have to be a commercial motor vehicle] and a holder of commercial driving privileges, of: (a) Reckless driving — ORS 811.140, ACD code M84; (b) Any law establishing a speed limit, if the person is operating the vehicle 30 miles per hour or more above the posted limit and a court orders a suspension under ORS 811.109; or (c) Any law establishing a speed limit, if the person is operating the vehi
You May Qualify for an Oregon Traffic School or Traffic Diversion I’ve written before about traffic tickets and the possibility of diversion – or an Oregon traffic school – and whether you should enter into the program on a first ticket. Sometimes we may be able to beat your ticket. Other times, you may not want to run the risk of a trial if your case looks difficult to win. You may also be looking for a quick resolution to your case. In that situation, you may want to accept an entry into an Oregon traffic school or diversion program. I’ve contacted several courts in Oregon and asked them for the qualifications for their traffic schools or traffic diversions. This information should be considered for informational purposes only and not as a definitive source. You should contact the court to confirm the existence of a traffic school or traffic diversion option if you’re interested in the program. Please keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list of Oregon
I was recently interviewed on KATU regarding Portland’s new Fixed Photo Radar System! The system has been updated since this interview but it still doesn’t the meet the technical requirements of the City’s statute.
The New System Is Out Of Compliance I recently wrote about Portland’s new fixed photo radar program that is being setup on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. When I first checked out the setup, the City hadn’t finalized the setup. Now, it looks like they have and it’s wrong. It’s hard to understand why the City is setting this up wrong from the very beginning — especially when getting it right is very easy. The Signs are Wrong The City is using text-only signs that say “Traffic Law Photos Enforced.” As discussed in my previous post, the City is required to use the officially approved signs –R10-18 signs – that include the image of a flashing camera. The City has elected to use signs that don’t comply with the law. The Warning Sign and Speed Display Are Separate – That’s Wrong The authorizing statute requires “a sign [to be] posted announcing ‘Traffic Laws Photo Enforced.'” The sign must “provid