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Traffic Safety Diversion Program

The following information summarizes the eligibility and completion requirements for the Traffic Safety Diversion Program. Please consult the traffic safety diversion information sheet for more complete details about the program and your rights.

Eligibility for Diversion Program

You are eligible to participate in the Traffic Safety Diversion Program if you:

  • Have not been convicted of nor been on a diversion for any motor vehicle violation or charge (including DUII) within the three years immediately preceding the date of this citation; and
  • Have no other pending motor vehicle violation charges (including DUII) in this or any other court; and
  • There was not an accident associated with the alleged offense; and
  • The alleged offense did not occur in a posted school zone or a highway work zone; and
  • Plead no contest to the traffic offense with which you are currently charged.

Agreement with the Court

To have your charge dismissed by completing the diversion program, you agree to do the following:

  • Plead no contest to the traffic offense;
  • Pay 50 percent of the base fine for the offense with which you are charged. The base fine includes the required statutory assessments and is listed on the citation. If you are unable to pay the fine completely at one time, the court will, in most cases, allow you to make payments on the fine; however, payment in full must be received before the end of the 120 day diversion period.
  • Attend and complete the court mandated traffic safety program to which you are referred within 120 days. The cost varies depending upon the program to which you are referred, and you must pay the fee directly to the program provider.
  • Provide proof that you have completed the traffic safety program within the designated time. There will be NO extensions and NO exceptions.
  • Obey all traffic laws of this and all other states during the 120 day diversion period.

If the court finds you are eligible for the diversion program, and if you keep these agreements, the court will dismiss the traffic offense with which you have been charged after 120 days.

The court will terminate the diversion agreement if the court finds that you have violated the terms of the diversion agreement or if you fail to complete the requirements within the diversion period. You will be convicted of the offense, it will go on your driving record, and you will be sentenced to pay the base fine that was listed on the citation.

If you have any questions about whether you should apply for the Traffic Safety Diversion, ask your attorney. Because you are not accused of a crime, the court will not appoint an attorney to represent or advise you; however, you are entitled to hire an attorney at your own expense.

How to Apply

To apply for traffic safety diversion, please download and fill out:

You also need to select a traffic school class from EITHER provider below:

After you have filled out both forms, please mail copies to:

Marion County Circuit Court
c/o Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 12869
Salem, OR 97309
 
If you do not have an Oregon driver's license and would like to apply, please submit a copy of your DMV driving record with your application. At the end of the 120-day period, the court will require a new copy of your DMV driving record to verify no new offenses.

Contact:
Marion County Circuit Court
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12869
Salem, OR  97309

Physical Locations:
Marion County Courthouse
100 High St. NE    (MAP)
Salem, Oregon
Phone: 503.588.5105
Fax: 503.373.4360

Marion County Juvenile Department
3030 Center St. NE   (MAP)
Salem, Oregon
503-584-4895

Marion County Circuit
Court Annex   (MAP)
4000 Aumsville Highway
Salem, Oregon
503-588-8489