Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.195
Having passenger in trailer

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A person commits the offense of having a passenger in a trailer if the person operates a vehicle on a highway while towing any type of trailer that contains a passenger.


This section does not apply if the person is operating any of the following vehicles:


A commercial bus trailer.


An independently steered trailer.


A trailer towed with a fifth wheel hitch if the trailer is equipped with all of the following:


Safety glazing materials that meet the standards established under ORS 815.040 (Standards for window and windshield material) wherever there are windows or doors with windows on the vehicle.


An auditory or visual signaling device that a passenger inside the vehicle can use to gain the attention of the motor vehicle driver towing the vehicle.


At least one unobstructed exit capable of being opened from both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.


The offense described in this section, passenger in trailer, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §602; 1985 c.16 §307; 1995 c.383 §51; 2003 c.158 §7]
Chapter 811

See also annotations under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in violation of a motor vehicle statute is negligent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)


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