Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.205
Carrying minor on external part of vehicle

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A person commits the offense of carrying a minor on an external part of a motor vehicle if the person carries any person under 18 years of age upon the hood, fender, running board or other external part of any motor vehicle that is upon a highway.


For purposes of this section, the open bed of a motor vehicle is an external part of a motor vehicle.


A person does not commit the offense described in this section if the person:


Is carrying a minor in the open bed of a motor vehicle and the minor is secured with a safety belt or safety harness that complies with rules adopted under ORS 815.055 (Rules establishing standards for safety belts, harnesses and child safety systems);


Is operating the motor vehicle in an organized parade; or


Is carrying a minor who is seated on the floor of the open bed of a motor vehicle in which all available passenger seats are occupied by minors, the tailgate is securely closed and the minor is being transported:


In the course and scope of employment, provided that the minor is transported in compliance with law and rules regulating the transport of workers; or


(i) Between a hunting camp and a hunting site or between hunting sites during hunting season; and


The minor has a hunting license.


The offense described in this section, carrying a minor on an external part of a motor vehicle, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §604; 1995 c.383 §53; 2003 c.107 §1]
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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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Jun. 26, 2021