In an effort to improve public safety, OSP is offering drivers who get stopped for minor equipment violations with a discount auto parts voucher.
Oregon State Police has partnered with Advance/Car Quest Auto Parts on their new Car Care Program. Captain Bill Fugate, with OSP, says they found that most people who don’t fix equipment violations, such as headlights, taillights and blinkers that are out, is because they can’t afford to. Some people defer maintenance on their automobiles to pay for other necessities instead, like groceries and rent.
Fugate says if they were to issue citations for these violations and the driver doesn’t have money for other things, they may not be able to pay the citation, they could get suspended and get their car towed.
Fugate says they issued 20,000 warnings or citations for equipment violations in 2016, and about 15,000 of those were for Operating without Required Lighting.
Troopers start distributing these vouchers at their discretion statewide February 21, 2017.