Re: Oregon: Entering an Intersection to Turn Left on Yellow
Old car, new car or anywhere in between, brakes and your ability to stop should function 100% perfectly 100% of the time. So I wouldn't mention anything remotely similar.
And if you approached entry into the intersection and or the brief stop at a speed that is higher than 5mph or so, then you were going too fast. I mean you intended on stoipping and waiting until the car passed it would then follow that a sudden stop from 5mph is not likely to carry enough momentum to cause any skid, not even on a wet surface. You can exaggerated it any which way you'd like, the presumption is if the officer surmised that a stop before entry into the intersection (whether it be based upon the approach speed OR distance from the limit line/crosswalk) was not possible, then it would be safe to assume that he would have not issued a citation... Or at least that is I am assuming the court will assume under these circumstances.
Whether he was focused or not and the reliability of his testimony is a matter for the trier of fact to decide. You certainly can infer that the officer was not paying attention, but there are quite a few indications that he witnessed an 811.265, he described the same on the citation, he discussed the same with you... As to him writing a 1 instead of a 2, it could have been an approaching vehicle, he looked up for a second, it could be someone honked, he heard screeching tires, heck, maybe he sneezed. This "error" will end up being considered what is commonly referred to as "harmless error" simply because it had zero impact upon your ability to defend yourself...
Not my place to suggest that you should give up, or not fight, or not exercise your right to having the state prove its case, but keep in mind that you could have been in for two violations, instead of 1. So no matter how you look at it, you've already gotten a break! We all know what happens to greedy people.
You may have been correct about the DUI matter, but I'm not really sure if it adds or takes away from either of the violations you allegedly committed.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!