2015 ORS § 811.111¹
Violating a speed limit
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This section is amended
Effective March 1, 2016
Relating to speed limits on highways that traverse state lines; creating new provisions; amending ORS 811.111; and declaring an emergency.

(1) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person:

(a) Drives a vehicle on an interstate highway, except for the portions of interstate highway described in subsection (2) of this section, at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour or, if a different speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds), at a speed greater than the posted speed.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, drives any of the following vehicles at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour on any highway, except for the portions of highway described in subsections (2) to (11) of this section, or, if a different speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds), at a speed greater than the posted speed:

(A) A motor truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds or a truck tractor with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,000 pounds.

(B) A school bus.

(C) A school activity vehicle.

(D) A worker transport bus.

(E) A bus operated for transporting children to and from church or an activity or function authorized by a church.

(F) Any vehicle used in the transportation of persons for hire by a nonprofit entity.

(c) Drives a vehicle or conveyance on any part of the ocean shore in this state at a speed greater than any of the following:

(A) Any designated speed for ocean shores that is established and posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds).

(B) If no designated speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds), 25 miles per hour.

(d) Drives a vehicle upon a highway in any city at a speed greater than a speed posted by authority granted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds) or, if no designated speed is posted, the following:

(A) Fifteen miles per hour when driving on an alley or a narrow residential roadway.

(B) Twenty miles per hour in a business district.

(C) Twenty-five miles per hour in a public park.

(D) Twenty-five miles per hour on a highway in a residence district if the highway is not an arterial highway.

(E) Sixty-five miles per hour on an interstate highway.

(F) Fifty-five miles per hour in locations not otherwise described in this paragraph.

(e) Drives a vehicle in a school zone at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour if the school zone is:

(A) A segment of highway described in ORS 801.462 (School zone) (1)(a) and:

(i) The school zone has a flashing light used as a traffic control device and operated as provided under ORS 810.243 (Operation of flashing light indicating children in school zone); or

(ii) If the school zone does not have a flashing light used as a traffic control device, the person drives in the school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session.

(B) A crosswalk described in ORS 801.462 (School zone) (1)(b) and:

(i) A flashing light is used as a traffic control device and operated as provided under ORS 810.243 (Operation of flashing light indicating children in school zone); or

(ii) Children are present, as described in ORS 811.124 (Meaning of children are present in ORS 811.111).

(2) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of Interstate 84 beginning at the eastern city limit of The Dalles and ending at the Idaho state line at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty-five miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Seventy miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(3) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 95 beginning at the Idaho state line and ending at the Nevada state line at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty-five miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Seventy miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(4) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 20 beginning in Bend and ending in Ontario at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(5) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 197 beginning in The Dalles and ending at its intersection with State Highway 97 and the portion of State Highway 97 beginning at its intersection with State Highway 197 and ending in Klamath Falls at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(6) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 31 beginning in Valley Falls and ending in La Pine at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(7) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 78 beginning in Burns Junction and ending in Burns at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(8) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 395 beginning in Burns and ending in John Day at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(9) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 395 beginning in Riley and ending at the California state line at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(10) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of Oregon Route 205 beginning in Burns and ending in Frenchglen at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(11) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person drives a vehicle on the portion of State Highway 26 beginning in John Day and ending in Vale at a speed greater than:

(a) Sixty miles per hour for vehicles described in subsection (1)(b) of this section; or

(b) Sixty-five miles per hour for all other vehicles.

(12) The speed limits described in subsections (3) to (5) of this section do not apply to portions of highways inside of a city in this state.

(13) The offense described in this section, violating a speed limit, is punishable as provided in ORS 811.109 (Penalties for speed violations). [2003 c.819 §4; 2003 c.819 §4a; 2005 c.573 §1; 2005 c.770 §6; 2007 c.367 §4; 2015 c. 139 §2; 2015 c.283 §5; 2015 c.746 §1]

Note: The amendments to 811.111 (Violating a speed limit) by section 1, chapter 746, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative March 1, 2016. See section 2, chapter 746, Oregon Laws 2015. The text that is operative until March 1, 2016, including amendments by section 2, chapter 139, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 5, chapter 283, Oregon Laws 2015, is set forth for the users convenience.

811.111 (Violating a speed limit). (1) A person commits the offense of violating a speed limit if the person:

(a) Drives a vehicle on an interstate highway at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour or, if a different speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds) (3), at a speed greater than the posted speed.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, drives any of the following vehicles at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour on any highway or, if a different speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds) (3), at a speed greater than the posted speed:

(A) A motor truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds or a truck tractor with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,000 pounds.

(B) A school bus.

(C) A school activity vehicle.

(D) A worker transport bus.

(E) A bus operated for transporting children to and from church or an activity or function authorized by a church.

(F) Any vehicle used in the transportation of persons for hire by a nonprofit entity.

(c) Drives a vehicle or conveyance on any part of the ocean shore in this state at a speed greater than any of the following:

(A) Any designated speed for ocean shores that is established and posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds).

(B) If no designated speed is posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds), 25 miles per hour.

(d) Drives a vehicle upon a highway in any city at a speed greater than a speed posted by authority granted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds) or, if no speed is posted, the following:

(A) Fifteen miles per hour when driving on an alley or a narrow residential roadway.

(B) Twenty miles per hour in a business district.

(C) Twenty-five miles per hour in a public park.

(D) Twenty-five miles per hour on a highway in a residence district if the highway is not an arterial highway.

(E) Sixty-five miles per hour on an interstate highway.

(F) Fifty-five miles per hour in locations not otherwise described in this paragraph.

(e) Drives a vehicle in a school zone at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour if the school zone is:

(A) A segment of highway described in ORS 801.462 (School zone) (1)(a) and:

(i) The school zone has a flashing light used as a traffic control device and operated as provided under ORS 810.243 (Operation of flashing light indicating children in school zone); or

(ii) If the school zone does not have a flashing light used as a traffic control device, the person drives in the school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session.

(B) A crosswalk described in ORS 801.462 (School zone) (1)(b) and:

(i) A flashing light is used as a traffic control device and operated as provided under ORS 810.243 (Operation of flashing light indicating children in school zone); or

(ii) Children are present, as described in ORS 811.124 (Meaning of children are present in ORS 811.111).

(2) The offense described in this section, violating a speed limit, is punishable as provided in ORS 811.109 (Penalties for speed violations).