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Traffic Photo Radar in Oregon

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Public law librarians get a lot of questions about traffic tickets, especially photo radar. Here’s a very brief primer on the subject, the gist of which is, Talk to a Lawyer. They are the real experts.

Most of the “speed measuring device” statutes, which include radar, are in Chapter 810 of the ORS , but you’ll also want to look at ORS 811.

To plead your case, you will likely need to dig deeper than the statutes and into the case law and regulations – and talk to a defense attorney. There are many issues that can arise in photo radar challenges that could affect the outcome of your case, e.g. probable cause, equipment calibration and operation, etc. You will find it helpful to consult a defense attorney has experience defending people with speeding tickets.

The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636.
Other sources of information on Oregon Traffic Law:

1) There is an excellent article in the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin from August/September 2008: Traffic Law: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know

2) DMV rules and ODOT rules on speed, traffic control devices, etc. are in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR).

3) Also, check out the Nolo Press topic on “Speeding tickets” and “Requesting Officer’s Notes before Trial” and their book about traffic court, Beat Your Ticket.

4) OSB public information page on traffic court/tickets: Should I Fight My Traffic Ticket?

5) And, don’t forget to look at Oregon Legal Research blog posts on traffic laws.

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