Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.315
Failure of slow driver to drive on right

  • exceptions
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of failure of a slow driver to drive on the right if the person is operating a vehicle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and the person fails to drive:


In the right-hand lane available for traffic; or


As close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.


This section does not apply under any of the following circumstances:


When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing passing in ORS 811.410 (Unsafe passing on left) to 811.425 (Failure of slower driver to yield to overtaking vehicle).


When preparing to turn left at an intersection, alley or private road or driveway.


The offense described in this section, failure of slow driver to drive on the right, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §619; 1995 c.383 §57]

See annotations under ORS 483.304 in permanent edition.

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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