Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.300
Failure to drive on right of approaching vehicle

  • exceptions
  • penalty


(1)

A person commits the offense of failure to drive on the right of an approaching vehicle if the person is operating a vehicle upon a roadway having width for not more than one lane of traffic in each direction and the person does not:

(a)

Pass to the right of any other vehicle proceeding on the roadway in the opposite direction; and

(b)

Give to the other at least one-half of the main traveled portion of the roadway as nearly as possible.

(2)

This section does not apply to a person operating a vehicle as otherwise directed by a traffic control device.

(3)

The offense described in this section, failure to drive on the right of an approaching vehicle, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §616]

See also annotations under ORS 483.306 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

Duty to drive in the right half of a highway is not absolute and this section does not establish a standard for negligence as a matter of law. Mennis v. Highland Trucking, Inc., 261 Or 233, 492 P2d 464 (1972)

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)


Source

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