Bill could stop police traffic stops for minor violations in Oregon

Oregon legislators Monday will hold a public hearing on a bill that would require a law enforcement officer to tell a driver they can refuse a search during a traffic stop and would prohibit them from pulling someone over based solely on a minor infraction such as a broken taillight.

Senate Bill 1510 takes portions of House Bill 2002, which died in the 2021 legislative session, and makes reforms to how drivers interact with law enforcement, as well as to parole and probation conditions. 

If it becomes law, the bill would no longer allow officers to pull drivers over because of one broken headlight, tail brake light or license plate light. Officers would still be able to ticket drivers for those equipment violations if the stop was initially made for another unsafe driving violation.