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New Traffic Laws


Legislative Update
The 2013 legislative session has produced new laws which will affect drivers across Oregon.
Smoking prohibited in a vehicle while a person under 18 is present:
This new statute prohibits smoking when a minor occupies a vehicle, and it defines smoking very broadly to include “inhale, exhale, burn or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant, regulated narcotic or other combustible substance.” Anyone smoking in the vehicle, not just the driver, can be cited for this offense. There’s no exception that allows smoking with a car’s windows partly or fully open.

The new smoking law is a “secondary” violation: a person can be cited for it only “if the police officer has already stopped and detained the driver operating the motor vehicle for a separate traffic violation or other offense.” A first offense carries a maximum fine of $250 and a presumptive fine (the amount on the front of the ticket) of $110. For a second and subsequent offense, the maximum fine jumps to $500 and the presumptive fine to $160. Five other states have a similar non-smoking law.

Increased fines for texting and hands-on use of a cell phone while driving:
Only the amount of the fine has changed for this offense. The maximum fine was raised from $250 to $500, while the presumptive fine increased from $110 to $160. Like most other provisions of the Rules of the Road, this remains a “primary” violation, so a person can be stopped and cited for it even if no other offense is alleged.

For more information, you can view Traffic Newsletters published by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles

  


“HB 2040 requires drivers to move over to a non adjacent lane or reduce speed to at least 5 miles under the speed limit for emergency vehicles, ambulances, roadside assistance vehicles and tow vehicles”


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