Oregon Speeding Laws

Basic Speed Law: A person commits an offense if they drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to all of the following: The traffic; the surface and width of the highway; the hazard at intersections; weather; visibility; and, other conditions then existing. OR § 811.100(1)

Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit

A first time violator may be:

  • fined between $75 and $600, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended 30 days under Driver Improvement Program.

Penalty for Reckless Driving

A first time violator may be:

  • fined not more than $5,000,
  • sentenced to jail time of not more than 12 months, and
  • the violator’s license may be suspended 90 days.

Speed Limits

  • 65 MPH on rural interstate highways
  • 55 MPH on other highways
  • 25 MPH in a public park
  • 25 MPH in a residential district if the district is not located within a city or urban growth boundary that is a county with a population more than 100,000 and the highway is neither an arterial nor a collector
  • 25 MPH on the ocean shore
  • 20 MPH in a school zone
  • 20 MPH in a business district
  • 15 MPH in an alley

Driver Improvement Program

  • Step One: An offender is mailed an "advisory letter" if they commit 2 traffic offenses within 12 months. This letter informs the offender of their driving problems.
  • Step Two: If (1) an offender has committed 1 or 2 traffic offenses within 6 or 12 months respectively of date of the advisory letter or (2) they have committed 3 traffic offenses within 18 months, they are mailed a "warning letter." This letter notifies the offender of the possible consequences if they are convicted of any more traffic offenses.
  • Step Three: If (1) offender has committed 1 or 2 traffic offenses within 6 or 12 months respectively of date of the warning letter or (2) they have committed 4 traffic offenses within 18 months, they are subject to a driver improvement interview. During this interview, the licensing agency proscribes a program for driver improvement, places the offender on probation for 1 year and place restrictions on the offender's driving privileges.
  • Step Four: If an offender commits a traffic offense during the 1 year probationary period, they are subject to a 30 day suspension. Note: This suspension appears to be mandatory. 
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