Health Professions Generally

ORS 676.300
Authority of health care provider to notify law enforcement agency that patient who is under influence of intoxicants is about to drive vehicle

  • immunity


If a health care provider who is providing emergency medical care in a health care facility to a person has reason to believe that the person is under the influence of intoxicants and is about to drive a motor vehicle on a highway as defined in ORS 801.305 (“Highway”) or a premises open to the public as defined in ORS 801.400 (“Premises open to the public”) and is a clear and present danger to society, the health care provider may notify as soon as reasonably possible the law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the health care facility site.


The notice shall consist of the name and physical description of the person being treated and the fact that the health care provider believes the person is intoxicated and is about to drive a motor vehicle as described in subsection (1) of this section.


The health care provider may inform the person if the health care provider intends to notify the law enforcement agency described in subsection (1) of this section. The person’s consent is not required.


Anyone participating in good faith in the making of a report or not making a report pursuant to subsections (1) to (3) of this section shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed with respect to the making or the content of such report. Any such participant shall have the same immunity with respect to participating in any judicial proceeding resulting from such report. [Formerly 441.827]


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