By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
The Oregon Senate narrowly passed SB 1510 this week (16 to 11). SB 1510 creates a new bureaucratic process for stopping motorists who break the law. SB 1510 description reads “Requires police officer to inform stopped person of right to refuse consent to search and, if consent is obtained, requires the officer to obtain written, video or audio record that the person gave consent to search. Prohibits a police officer to initiate a traffic stop based solely on certain traffic violations.”
Oregon is following Portland’s example where Portland, last year began stopping police from enforcing certain traffic laws. Maybe it is a coincidence, but Portland had the highest traffic deaths in 30 years last year. Portland also had unusual traffic violations problems like drag racers shutting down an entire Interstate.
SB 1510 also blocks judges from setting certain requirements (education, employment) for people on parole.
Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). said, “This bill will make our community and roads more dangerous at a time when crime is on the rise. Soft-on-crime policies like these are what is causing Oregonians to feel unsafe in their homes, now they will feel unsafe on the roads.”
The violations include broken headlights, taillights, brake lights.