Plain Reading of Statute Controls This Case
State v. Bassett, 243 OrApp 289 (2011)
Holding: There are two statutes addressing failure to perform the duties of a driver, one where the accident results in property damage, and, a second where the accident results in personal injury. Use of the disjunctive or in the restitution statute that follows indicates that defendants may be held responsible for any and all damages regardless of which statute they are convicted of violating.
1) The context of a statute includes prior judicial constructions of the statute. (cites omitted). at p. 294.
2) “* * * nothing in (the) related statutory context or the barren legislative history contradicts” (internal footnote omitted) the plain reading of the statute. at p. 295.
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