ORS 809.480
Driver improvement programs; rules; purpose; suspension; fee


The Department of Transportation may establish, by administrative rule, programs for the improvement of the driving behavior of persons who drive in this state. The programs shall have as their goal the reduction of traffic convictions and especially accidents. The programs may include, but need not be limited to, letters, interviews and classroom instruction.


The department may establish programs for persons who are under 18 years of age that are different from programs for adults. Differences may include, but need not be limited to, differences in criteria for entry into a program and differences in content.


The department, under a program authorized by this section, may suspend driving privileges based on any of the following:


A person’s record of convictions or accidents.


A person’s failure or refusal to complete or comply with a requirement of a program established by the department under this section.


The department may charge a reasonable fee to participants in a driver improvement program to cover costs of administration.


Any suspension that the department stays under a driver improvement program in this section shall continue for the full term of the suspension if a person fails to complete the program. For purposes of reinstating driving privileges, the stay of a suspension under this section may not be used to determine the length of time a person’s driving privileges have been suspended if the person does not successfully complete the program.


A person is entitled to administrative review of a suspension imposed under this section if based on a conviction. [1983 c.338 §368; 1985 c.16 §190; 1991 c.702 §12; 2001 c.176 §2; 2003 c.402 §34]

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