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    Default Can You Get A Citation For Running A Yellow Light?

    I was just issued a ticket in Oregon ORS 811.265 for failure to obey traffic control device. I ran a yellow light. The police officer even said that it was yellow, but that I needed to still stop. Apparently, the end of my van hadn't cleared the intersection. Is there anything I can do to fight it? I thought you could only get a ticket for running red lights. Can anyone help?

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    Default Re: Can You Get A Citation For Running A Yellow Light?

    811.265 Failure to obey traffic control device; penalty.

    (1) A person commits the offense of driver failure to obey traffic control device if the person drives a vehicle and the person does any of the following:

    (a) Fails to obey the directions of any traffic control device.
    (b) Fails to obey any specific traffic control device described in ORS 811.260 in the manner required by that section.

    (2) A person is not subject to this section if the person is doing any of the following:

    (a) Following the directions of a police officer.
    (b) Driving an emergency vehicle or ambulance in accordance with the privileges granted those vehicles under ORS 820.300.
    (c) Properly executing a turn on a red light as authorized under ORS 811.360.
    (d) Driving in a funeral procession led by a funeral lead vehicle or under the direction of the driver of a funeral escort vehicle.

    (3) The offense described in this section, driver failure to obey a traffic control device, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §608; 1991 c.482 §13]
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    811.260 Appropriate driver responses to traffic control devices.

    This section establishes appropriate driver responses to specific traffic control devices for purposes of ORS 811.265. Authority to place traffic control devices is established under ORS 810.210. Except when acting under the direction of a police officer that contradicts this section, a driver is in violation of ORS 811.265 if the driver makes a response to traffic control devices that is not permitted under the following:

    (1) Green signal. A driver facing a green light may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign at that place prohibits either turn. A driver shall yield the right of way to other vehicles within the intersection at the time the green light is shown.

    (2) Green arrow. A driver facing a green arrow signal light, shown alone or in combination with another signal, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by such arrow or such other movement as is permitted by other signals shown at the same time.

    (3) Steady circular yellow signal. A driver facing a steady circular yellow signal light is thereby warned that the related right of way is being terminated and that a red or flashing red light will be shown immediately. A driver facing the light shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, shall stop before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then before entering the intersection. If a driver cannot stop in safety, the driver may drive cautiously through the intersection.

    (4) Steady yellow arrow signal. A driver facing a steady yellow arrow signal, alone or in combination with other signal indications, is thereby warned that the related right of way is being terminated. Unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, a driver facing a steady yellow arrow signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, shall stop before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then before entering the intersection. If a driver cannot stop in safety, the driver may drive cautiously through the intersection.

    (5) Steady circular red signal. A driver facing a steady circular red signal light alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then before entering the intersection. The driver shall remain stopped until a green light is shown except when the driver is permitted to make a turn under ORS 811.360.

    (6) Steady red arrow signal. A driver facing a steady red arrow signal, alone or in combination with other signal indications, may not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the red arrow signal. Unless entering the intersection to make some other movement which is permitted by another signal, a driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then before entering the intersection. The vehicle shall remain stopped until a green light is shown except when the driver is permitted to make a turn under ORS 811.360.

    (7) Traffic control devices at places other than intersections. If a traffic control device that is a signal is erected and maintained at a place other than an intersection, the provisions of this section relating to signals shall be applicable. A required stop shall be made at a sign or marking on the roadway indicating where the stop shall be made, but in the absence of such sign or marking the stop shall be made at the signal.

    (8) Flashing red signal. When a driver approaches a flashing red light used in a traffic control device or with a traffic sign, the driver shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. The right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign. This subsection does not apply at railroad grade crossings. Conduct of a driver approaching a railroad grade crossing is governed by ORS 811.455.

    (9) Flashing yellow signal. When a driver approaches a flashing yellow light used as a signal in a traffic control device or with a traffic sign, the driver may proceed through the intersection or past the signal only with caution. This subsection does not apply at railroad grade crossings. Conduct of a driver approaching a railroad grade crossing is governed by ORS 811.455.

    (10) Lane direction control signals. When lane direction control signals are placed over the individual lanes of a highway, a person may drive a vehicle in any lane over which a green signal light is shown, but may not enter or travel in any lane over which a red signal light is shown.

    (11) Stop signs. A driver approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is no marked crosswalk, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After stopping, the driver shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.

    (12) Yield signs. A driver approaching a yield sign shall slow the driver’s vehicle to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and if necessary for safety, shall stop at a line as required for stop signs under this section, and shall yield the right of way to any vehicles in the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard. [1983 c.338 §609; 1989 c.539 §1; 1997 c.507 §6; 2003 c.278 §6]

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    Default Re: Can You Get A Citation For Running A Yellow Light?

    Good find, Happy. OP, you're only hope of getting out of this is to use the "escape" clause. Specifically, "If a driver cannot stop in safety, the driver may drive cautiously through the intersection" (811.260 (3)). Your testimony will have to include a VALID reason as to WHY it would have been unsafe for you to try to stop (already IN the intersection, wet roads, etc.).

    Good luck,
    Barry
    Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?

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    Default Re: Can You Get A Citation For Running A Yellow Light?

    I just got an 811.265 for going through a yellow light on the last day of the month in Tigard, OR.

    I want to plead not guilty and contest this in court.

    The officer said that I got the ticket, not because I went through the yellow light, but because I pulled around the car ahead of me as she/we turned left in the intersection. It was one lane of cars turning left off the freeway offramp.

    I did so because she was slowing down and I was concerned that I was going to get stuck in the intersection.

    The ticket is for 295, an outrageous amount.

    I saw the various posts about this.

    Do I really have any chance of beating this in court?

    Thanks.

    Mac

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