Chapter 405 Oregon Laws 2005

 

AN ACT

 

HB 2569

 

Relating to motor vehicle accidents involving law enforcement officials; creating new provisions; amending ORS 802.200 and 811.720; and declaring an emergency.

 

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

 

††††††††† SECTION 1. ORS 811.720 is amended to read:

††††††††† 811.720. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, any accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in injury or death to any person is subject to the reporting requirements under the following sections:

††††††††† (a) The reporting requirements for drivers under ORS 811.725.

††††††††† (b) The reporting requirements for occupants of vehicles in accidents under ORS 811.735.

††††††††† (c) The reporting requirements for owners of vehicles under ORS 811.730.

††††††††† (2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, an accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in damage to the property of any person in excess of $1,500 is subject to the following reporting requirements:

††††††††† (a) The driver of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725.

††††††††† (b) The owner of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730.

††††††††† (c) If the property damage is to property other than a vehicle involved in the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730.

††††††††† (d) If a vehicle involved in the accident is damaged to the extent that the vehicle must be towed from the scene of the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730.

††††††††† (3) The dollar amount specified in subsection (2) of this section may be increased every five years by the Department of Transportation based upon any increase in the Portland-Salem Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items as prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor or its successor during the preceding 12-month period. The amount determined under this subsection shall be rounded to the nearest $100.

††††††††† [(4) Operators of snowmobiles, Class I all-terrain vehicles or Class III all-terrain vehicles are exempt from the reporting requirements of this section.]

††††††††† (4) The following are exempt from the reporting requirements of this section:

††††††††† (a) Operators of snowmobiles, Class I all-terrain vehicles or Class III all-terrain vehicles.

††††††††† (b) A law enforcement official acting in the course of official duty if the accident involved a law enforcement official performing a lawful intervention technique or a law enforcement official and a person acting during the commission of a criminal offense. As used in this paragraph:

††††††††† (A) ďLaw enforcement officialĒ means a person who is responsible for enforcing the criminal laws of this state or a political subdivision of this state and who is employed or volunteers:

††††††††† (i) As a peace officer commissioned by a city, port, school district, mass transit district, county or county service district authorized to provide law enforcement services under ORS 451.010;

††††††††† (ii) With the Department of State Police or the Criminal Justice Division of the Department of Justice; or

††††††††† (iii) As an investigator of a district attorneyís office, if the investigator is certified as a peace officer in this state.

††††††††† (B) ďLawful intervention techniqueĒ means a method by which one motor vehicle causes, or attempts to cause, another motor vehicle to stop.

 

††††††††† SECTION 2. ORS 802.200 is amended to read:

††††††††† 802.200. In addition to any other records the Department of Transportation may establish, the department is subject to the following provisions concerning records:

††††††††† (1) The department shall maintain records concerning the titling of vehicles in this state. The records under this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) For vehicles issued a title by this state, the records shall identify the vehicle and contain the following:

††††††††† (A) The name of the vehicle owner and any security interest holders in order of priority, except that a security interest holder need not be identified if the debtor who granted the interest is in the business of selling vehicles and the vehicles constitute inventory held for sale;

††††††††† (B) The name of any lessor of the vehicle;

††††††††† (C) The vehicle description; and

††††††††† (D) Whether a certificate of title was issued for the vehicle.

††††††††† (b) If the vehicle is an antique vehicle that is reconstructed, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is reconstructed.

††††††††† (c) If the vehicle is a replica, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is a replica.

††††††††† (d) Any other information concerning the titling of vehicles that the department considers convenient or appropriate.

††††††††† (e) All odometer readings for a vehicle that are reported to the department under provisions of the vehicle code.

††††††††† (f) If the vehicle has been reported to the department as a totaled vehicle under the provisions of ORS 819.012 or 819.014, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is a totaled vehicle unless the reason for the report was theft and the vehicle has been recovered.

††††††††† (2) If a vehicle that has been registered or titled in another jurisdiction is registered or titled in this state, the department shall retain a record of any odometer readings shown on the title or registration documents submitted to the department at the time of registration or title.

††††††††† (3) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 826.003, the department shall maintain records concerning the registration of vehicles required to be registered by the department. The records concerning the registration of vehicles may be stored along with records concerning the titling of vehicles. The records under this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) For vehicles registered by the department, the records shall identify the vehicle and contain the following:

††††††††† (A) The registration plate number assigned by the department to the vehicle;

††††††††† (B) The name of the vehicle owner;

††††††††† (C) The vehicle description and vehicle identification number; and

††††††††† (D) An indication that the vehicle is a totaled vehicle if it has been reported to the department as a totaled vehicle under the provisions of ORS 819.012 or 819.014, unless the reason for the report was theft and the vehicle has been recovered.

††††††††† (b) Any other information concerning the registration of vehicles that the department considers convenient or appropriate.

††††††††† (4) The department shall maintain separate records for the regulation of vehicle dealers. The records required under this subsection shall include the following information about persons issued dealer certificates:

††††††††† (a) The personís application for a vehicle dealer certificate.

††††††††† (b) An alphabetical index of the name of each person applying for a vehicle dealer certificate.

††††††††† (c) A numerical index according to the distinctive number assigned to each vehicle dealer.

††††††††† (5) The department shall maintain a file on vehicles for which the title record is canceled under ORS 819.030. The records required under this subsection shall disclose the last registered owner of each vehicle, any security interest holder or holders and lessors of each vehicle as shown by the canceled title record for each vehicle and the make and year model for each vehicle.

††††††††† (6) The department shall maintain records on each manufactured structure. The records required under this subsection shall contain all of the following:

††††††††† (a) The permanent registration plate number required under ORS 803.520.

††††††††† (b) All transfers of ownership occurring after January 1, 1972.

††††††††† (c) All movements indicated by trip permits filed with the department.

††††††††† (d) Information on manufactured structures subject to an exemption under ORS 820.510 that the department determines necessary.

††††††††† (7) The department shall maintain a record of each agreement or declaration under ORS 802.500 and 802.520.

††††††††† (8) The department shall maintain separate and comprehensive records of all transactions affecting the Revolving Account for Emergency Cash Advances described under ORS 802.100.

††††††††† (9) The department shall maintain suitable records of driver licenses and driver permits. The records required under this subsection shall include all of the following:

††††††††† (a) An index by name and number.

††††††††† (b) Supporting documentation of all licenses or driver permits issued.

††††††††† (c) Every application for a driver license or driver permit.

††††††††† (d) All licenses or driver permits that have been suspended or revoked.

††††††††† (e) For each commercial driver license, the Social Security number of the person to whom the license is issued, or any other number or identifying information that the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation determines appropriate to identify the person.

††††††††† (10) The department shall maintain a two-part driving record consisting of an employment driving record and a nonemployment driving record for each person as required under this subsection. All of the following apply to the records required under this subsection:

††††††††† (a) The department shall maintain driving records on:

††††††††† (A) Every person who is granted driving privileges under a driver license, driver permit or a statutory grant of driving privileges under ORS 807.020;

††††††††† (B) Every person whose driving privileges have been suspended, revoked or canceled under this vehicle code;

††††††††† (C) Every person who has filed an accident report under ORS 811.725 or 811.730; and

††††††††† (D) Every person who is required to provide future responsibility filings under ORS 806.200, 806.220, 806.230 or 806.240.

††††††††† (b) In addition to other information required by this paragraph, the employment driving record shall include all reports of drug test results that are made to the department under ORS 825.410. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, release of the portion of the employment driving record that shows drug test results reported under ORS 825.410 is permitted only in accordance with ORS 802.202. The employment driving record shall also include all motor vehicle accidents [in which the person is involved] that the person is required to report under ORS 811.720, all suspensions of driving privileges required to be placed on the record under ORS 809.280, all suspensions of the personís commercial driver license that result from operation or use of a commercial motor vehicle and all convictions of the person for violation of motor vehicle laws except convictions for offenses requiring mandatory revocation or suspension of driving privileges under ORS 809.409, 809.411, 809.413 and 813.400, but shall include only such accidents, suspensions and convictions that occur while the person is driving a motor vehicle:

††††††††† (A) In the course of the personís employment when the person is employed by another for the principal purpose of driving a motor vehicle;

††††††††† (B) Carrying persons or property for compensation;

††††††††† (C) In the course of the personís employment in the collection, transportation or delivery of mail if the vehicle is government owned or marked for the collection, transportation or delivery of mail in accordance with government rules;

††††††††† (D) That is an authorized emergency vehicle;

††††††††† (E) That is a commercial motor vehicle; or

††††††††† (F) In the course of the personís employment with a federal, state or local government in a public works project involving repair or maintenance of water, sewer or road systems.

††††††††† (c) The nonemployment driving record shall include the personís:

††††††††† (A) Motor vehicle accidents that the person is required to report under ORS 811.720, other than the motor vehicle accidents that are included on the personís employment driving record;

††††††††† (B) Suspensions, cancellations and revocations of licenses, permits and driving privileges;

††††††††† (C) Convictions for violation of the motor vehicle laws other than those included in the employment driving record including, for each violation of ORS 811.100 or 811.111, the speed at which the person was convicted of traveling and the posted speed, the speed limit or the speed that constitutes prima facie evidence of violation of the basic speed rule, as appropriate; and

††††††††† (D) Diversion agreements entered into under ORS 813.220 within the preceding 10 years.

††††††††† (d) The department may record other entries to indicate correspondence, interviews, participation in driver improvement programs or other matters concerning the status of the driving privileges of the person.

††††††††† (e) When a person from another jurisdiction applies for a driver license or permit issued by this state, the department shall request a copy of the personís driving record from the other jurisdiction. At the time the person is issued a license in Oregon, the record from the other jurisdiction shall become part of the driverís record in this state with the same force and effect as though entered on the driverís record in this state in the original instance. The department by rule may specify methods for converting entries from out-of-state records for use in Oregon.

††††††††† (f) When a suspension of a driver permit, driver license or other driving privilege is placed on the driving record under ORS 809.280 for failure to appear in court on a traffic crime, the department shall note on the record that the suspension was for failure to appear in court and shall also note the offense charged against the person on which the person failed to appear.

††††††††† (g) The department, in consultation with the Department of State Police, shall devise and implement a method of noting suspensions and revocations of driving privileges on the record in such a way that police agencies can determine directly from the record what class of offense, as provided by law, is committed by a person who drives in violation of the suspension or revocation. If the department and the Department of State Police devise a mutually agreeable alternative method of informing police agencies of the nature of a suspension or revocation and the consequences of its violation, the implementation of that method shall satisfy the duty of the department under this paragraph.

††††††††† (11) The Department of Transportation shall maintain records of judgments or convictions sent to the department under ORS 810.375.

††††††††† (12) The department shall maintain accident reports filed with the department under ORS 810.460 and 811.725 to 811.735.

††††††††† (13) The department shall maintain records of bank checks or money orders returned under ORS 802.110.

††††††††† (14) The department shall maintain records of trip permits issued by the department under ORS 803.600, as provided under this subsection. The records required by this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) A description of the vehicle sufficient to identify the vehicle.

††††††††† (b) The person to whom the permit was issued.

††††††††† (c) When the permit was issued.

††††††††† (d) The type of permit issued.

††††††††† (e) For registration weight trip permits, the maximum allowable registration weight permitted for operation under the permit.

††††††††† (f) Any other information the department determines appropriate or convenient.

 

††††††††† SECTION 3. ORS 802.200, as amended by section 97, chapter 655, Oregon Laws 2003, is amended to read:

††††††††† 802.200. In addition to any other records the Department of Transportation may establish, the department is subject to the following provisions concerning records:

††††††††† (1) The department shall maintain records concerning the titling of vehicles in this state. The records under this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) For vehicles issued a title by this state, the records shall identify the vehicle and contain the following:

††††††††† (A) The name of the vehicle owner and any security interest holders in order of priority, except that a security interest holder need not be identified if the debtor who granted the interest is in the business of selling vehicles and the vehicles constitute inventory held for sale;

††††††††† (B) The name of any lessor of the vehicle;

††††††††† (C) The vehicle description; and

††††††††† (D) Whether a certificate of title was issued for the vehicle.

††††††††† (b) If the vehicle is an antique vehicle that is reconstructed, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is reconstructed.

††††††††† (c) If the vehicle is a replica, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is a replica.

††††††††† (d) Any other information concerning the titling of vehicles that the department considers convenient or appropriate.

††††††††† (e) All odometer readings for a vehicle that are reported to the department under provisions of the vehicle code.

††††††††† (f) If the vehicle has been reported to the department as a totaled vehicle under the provisions of ORS 819.012 or 819.014, the records shall indicate that the vehicle is a totaled vehicle unless the reason for the report was theft and the vehicle has been recovered.

††††††††† (2) If a vehicle that has been registered or titled in another jurisdiction is registered or titled in this state, the department shall retain a record of any odometer readings shown on the title or registration documents submitted to the department at the time of registration or title.

††††††††† (3) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 826.003, the department shall maintain records concerning the registration of vehicles required to be registered by the department. The records concerning the registration of vehicles may be stored along with records concerning the titling of vehicles. The records under this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) For vehicles registered by the department, the records shall identify the vehicle and contain the following:

††††††††† (A) The registration plate number assigned by the department to the vehicle;

††††††††† (B) The name of the vehicle owner;

††††††††† (C) The vehicle description and vehicle identification number; and

††††††††† (D) An indication that the vehicle is a totaled vehicle if it has been reported to the department as a totaled vehicle under the provisions of ORS 819.012 or 819.014, unless the reason for the report was theft and the vehicle has been recovered.

††††††††† (b) Any other information concerning the registration of vehicles that the department considers convenient or appropriate.

††††††††† (4) The department shall maintain separate records for the regulation of vehicle dealers. The records required under this subsection shall include the following information about persons issued dealer certificates:

††††††††† (a) The personís application for a vehicle dealer certificate.

††††††††† (b) An alphabetical index of the name of each person applying for a vehicle dealer certificate.

††††††††† (c) A numerical index according to the distinctive number assigned to each vehicle dealer.

††††††††† (5) The department shall maintain a file on vehicles for which the title record is canceled under ORS 819.030. The records required under this subsection shall disclose the last registered owner of each vehicle, any security interest holder or holders and lessors of each vehicle as shown by the canceled title record for each vehicle and the make and year model for each vehicle.

††††††††† (6) The department shall maintain a record of each agreement or declaration under ORS 802.500 and 802.520.

††††††††† (7) The department shall maintain separate and comprehensive records of all transactions affecting the Revolving Account for Emergency Cash Advances described under ORS 802.100.

††††††††† (8) The department shall maintain suitable records of driver licenses and driver permits. The records required under this subsection shall include all of the following:

††††††††† (a) An index by name and number.

††††††††† (b) Supporting documentation of all licenses or driver permits issued.

††††††††† (c) Every application for a driver license or driver permit.

††††††††† (d) All licenses or driver permits that have been suspended or revoked.

††††††††† (e) For each commercial driver license, the Social Security number of the person to whom the license is issued, or any other number or identifying information that the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation determines appropriate to identify the person.

††††††††† (9) The department shall maintain a two-part driving record consisting of an employment driving record and a nonemployment driving record for each person as required under this subsection. All of the following apply to the records required under this subsection:

††††††††† (a) The department shall maintain driving records on:

††††††††† (A) Every person who is granted driving privileges under a driver license, driver permit or a statutory grant of driving privileges under ORS 807.020;

††††††††† (B) Every person whose driving privileges have been suspended, revoked or canceled under this vehicle code;

††††††††† (C) Every person who has filed an accident report under ORS 811.725 or 811.730; and

††††††††† (D) Every person who is required to provide future responsibility filings under ORS 806.200, 806.220, 806.230 or 806.240.

††††††††† (b) In addition to other information required by this paragraph, the employment driving record shall include all reports of drug test results that are made to the department under ORS 825.410. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, release of the portion of the employment driving record that shows drug test results reported under ORS 825.410 is permitted only in accordance with ORS 802.202. The employment driving record shall also include all motor vehicle accidents [in which the person is involved] that the person is required to report under ORS 811.720, all suspensions of driving privileges required to be placed on the record under ORS 809.280, all suspensions of the personís commercial driver license that result from operation or use of a commercial motor vehicle and all convictions of the person for violation of motor vehicle laws except convictions for offenses requiring mandatory revocation or suspension of driving privileges under ORS 809.409, 809.411, 809.413 and 813.400, but shall include only such accidents, suspensions and convictions that occur while the person is driving a motor vehicle:

††††††††† (A) In the course of the personís employment when the person is employed by another for the principal purpose of driving a motor vehicle;

††††††††† (B) Carrying persons or property for compensation;

††††††††† (C) In the course of the personís employment in the collection, transportation or delivery of mail if the vehicle is government owned or marked for the collection, transportation or delivery of mail in accordance with government rules;

††††††††† (D) That is an authorized emergency vehicle;

††††††††† (E) That is a commercial motor vehicle; or

††††††††† (F) In the course of the personís employment with a federal, state or local government in a public works project involving repair or maintenance of water, sewer or road systems.

††††††††† (c) The nonemployment driving record shall include the personís:

††††††††† (A) Motor vehicle accidents that the person is required to report under ORS 811.720, other than the motor vehicle accidents that are included on the personís employment driving record;

††††††††† (B) Suspensions, cancellations and revocations of licenses, permits and driving privileges;

††††††††† (C) Convictions for violation of the motor vehicle laws other than those included in the employment driving record including, for each violation of ORS 811.100 or 811.111, the speed at which the person was convicted of traveling and the posted speed, the speed limit or the speed that constitutes prima facie evidence of violation of the basic speed rule, as appropriate; and

††††††††† (D) Diversion agreements entered into under ORS 813.220 within the preceding 10 years.

††††††††† (d) The department may record other entries to indicate correspondence, interviews, participation in driver improvement programs or other matters concerning the status of the driving privileges of the person.

††††††††† (e) When a person from another jurisdiction applies for a driver license or permit issued by this state, the department shall request a copy of the personís driving record from the other jurisdiction. At the time the person is issued a license in Oregon, the record from the other jurisdiction shall become part of the driverís record in this state with the same force and effect as though entered on the driverís record in this state in the original instance. The department by rule may specify methods for converting entries from out-of-state records for use in Oregon.

††††††††† (f) When a suspension of a driver permit, driver license or other driving privilege is placed on the driving record under ORS 809.280 for failure to appear in court on a traffic crime, the department shall note on the record that the suspension was for failure to appear in court and shall also note the offense charged against the person on which the person failed to appear.

††††††††† (g) The department, in consultation with the Department of State Police, shall devise and implement a method of noting suspensions and revocations of driving privileges on the record in such a way that police agencies can determine directly from the record what class of offense, as provided by law, is committed by a person who drives in violation of the suspension or revocation. If the department and the Department of State Police devise a mutually agreeable alternative method of informing police agencies of the nature of a suspension or revocation and the consequences of its violation, the implementation of that method shall satisfy the duty of the department under this paragraph.

††††††††† (10) The Department of Transportation shall maintain records of judgments or convictions sent to the department under ORS 810.375.

††††††††† (11) The department shall maintain accident reports filed with the department under ORS 810.460 and 811.725 to 811.735.

††††††††† (12) The department shall maintain records of bank checks or money orders returned under ORS 802.110.

††††††††† (13) The department shall maintain records of trip permits issued by the department under ORS 803.600, as provided under this subsection. The records required by this subsection shall include the following:

††††††††† (a) A description of the vehicle sufficient to identify the vehicle.

††††††††† (b) The person to whom the permit was issued.

††††††††† (c) When the permit was issued.

††††††††† (d) The type of permit issued.

††††††††† (e) For registration weight trip permits, the maximum allowable registration weight permitted for operation under the permit.

††††††††† (f) Any other information the department determines appropriate or convenient.

 

††††††††† SECTION 4. The amendments to ORS 802.200 and 811.720 by sections 1 to 3 of this 2005 Act apply to all motor vehicle accidents, whether occurring before, on or after the effective date of this 2005 Act.

 

††††††††† SECTION 5. This 2005 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2005 Act takes effect on its passage.

 

Approved by the Governor June 29, 2005

 

Filed in the office of Secretary of State June 29, 2005

 

Effective date June 29, 2005

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