Above the Law: Broken Tail Lights? You Should Get That Fixed, But Should You Get Pulled Over? by Chris Williams (Feb. 22, 2022):
Nobody likes traffic stops. It slows down your ETA, that scene from Invincible plays through your head — it is a lot even when you’re law abiding. Thankfully, Oregon drivers will have one less occasion to get asked for their license and registration next year if a bill passes.
Senate Bill 1510 would limit police officers from initiating traffic stops for taillight, headlight or license plate light issues, as well as make officers require verbal consent to search a vehicle. Drivers will also not have to worry about getting fix-it tickets — those would be unenforceable unless the lighting or equipment violation was accompanied by another violation such as speeding.