Traffic Violation Laws in Oregon

Oregon doesn’t use a point tracking system to keep track of traffic violations and levy suspensions. They have the Driver Improvement Program, which simply means that the more tickets a driver gets, the more chances a license will be suspended. Drivers under 18 follow stricter rules than older drivers under Oregon law.

Tickets for Drivers over 18

Three traffic tickets or accidents in any combination, with 18 months, will cause a license to be restricted for 30 days. This restriction isn’t the same as a suspension, because driving privileges aren’t completely removed. It simply means a driver cannot drive between midnight at 5 a.m. unless travel during those hours is required to get to work, or as part of a job requirement.

One more ticket or accident in the next six months requires the driver’s license to be suspended for 30 days, this time with a complete lack of driving privileges. Any more preventable accidents of traffic convictions in the same two-year period give the driver an extra 30-day suspension per incident.

Drivers Under 18

Oregon drivers under 18 drive on provisional licenses until they reach 18 years of age. If two tickets or accidents occur in the two years a driver holds a provisional license, then driving privileges will be restricted for 90 days. The driver will only be allowed to drive while going to and from work and no passengers other than a parent, guardian or stepparent will be allowed in the vehicle during the restriction.

A third offense results in a six-month suspension, even if the driver turns 18 during this period. Each further conviction during the two-year provisional period results in another 6-month suspension. These drivers also may be required to take traffic courses and undergo further testing.

Alcohol Violations

In Oregon, a blood alcohol level of .08% (or any percentage in underage drivers) constitutes failure of a sobriety test. Driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days, or one year, if there is a prior offense in a five-year period.

Refusal to take a breath or urine test results in an automatic 1-year suspension, or a 3-year suspension if there is a prior alcohol-related conviction in the last 5 years. Refusal or failure of a blood test while receiving medical care following a traffic accident, results in an automatic 90-day suspension, or 1-year suspension for prior related offenses in the last 5 years.

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