Oregon's Speeding Laws, Tickets, and Penalties

Read about Oregon’s speeding laws and the costs of a speeding ticket.

Oregon has two types of speeding laws: a “basic speeding law” and “absolute limits.” This article explains the differences between the two and the consequences of a speeding violation.

Basic Speeding Law

Oregon’s basic speeding law prohibits driving at a speed that is “greater than is reasonable and prudent” given the current road, traffic, and weather conditions. In other words, motorists must always drive at a safe speed. What a safe speed is will depend on the circumstances. For instance, 55 miles per hour might be safe on a bright, sunny day. But if it’s dark and the road is icy, going 55 miles per hour could be dangerous and a violation of the basic speeding law.

Absolute Speed Limits

There is no trick to how Oregon’s absolute speed limits work: If the fixed speed limit is 50 miles per hour and you drive faster than that, you’ve violated the law. Unless otherwise posted, Oregon’s absolute speed limits are:

  • 15 miles per hour in alleys and narrow residential roads
  • 20 miles per hour in school zones
  • 25 miles per hour in business districts
  • 25 miles per hour in public parks
  • 25 miles per hour in residential areas that are not arterials highways
  • 55 miles per hour on most state highways, and
  • 65 miles per hour on most interstate highways.

Penalties for a Speeding Ticket

Speeding violation consequences depend on the circumstances. But generally, the penalties—which typically depend on the amount by which the driver exceeded the speed limit—are as follows:

  • 1 to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Class D traffic violation and a presumptive fine of $110 ($220 if in a school or construction zone).
  • 11 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. Class C traffic violation and a presumptive fine of $160 ($320 if in a school or construction zone).
  • 21 to 30 miles per hour over the limit. Class B traffic violation and a presumptive fine of $260 ($520 if in a school or construction zone).
  • Over 30 miles per hour in excess of the limit. Class A traffic violation and a presumptive fine of $435 ($870 if in a school or construction zone). License suspension of up to 30 days is also possible of the motorist has at least one prior speeding violation within the past year.
  • 100 miles per hour or more in excess of the limit. Specific traffic violation, a presumptive fine of $1,150, and mandatory 90-day license suspension.

Reckless Driving and Vehicular Homicide

Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can lead to a “reckless driving” conviction. A standard first offense is a class A misdemeanor and carries up to a year in jail and a maximum $6,250 in fines. And with speeding violations that result in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.

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