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Can police officers park in private residential driveways while watching for traffic violations.

Milwaukie, OR |

I was pulled over for failure to obey a traffic control device. I did a california type stop at a stop sign at 2am with no other vehicles arround. Clear view of the interesction. There was a black patrol car with all its lights off sitting in a private residential driveway. I saw him turn his lights on and pulled me over. I got the ticket for ORS 811.265 for $450.

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The only reason the police officers would not be able to park in private residential driveways would be if the owners/occupants objected to the police officers' doing that. In other words, it would be a trespass issue. I can't see how it would affect the validity of the ticket for a "Hollywood stop."

Not legal advice as I don't hold Oregon licensure. If you need legal advice, please consult someone who does.

Good luck.


I agree. The place from which the officer observed the violation does not impact the validity of the summons. Good luck.

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Yes. The summons is still valid no matter where the officer's observation point of view was.

I agree with my colleagues.

Check with an OR lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.

Good luck to you.

God bless.

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