Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.335
Unlawful or unsignaled turn

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A person commits the offense of making an unlawful or unsignaled turn if the person is operating a vehicle upon a highway and the person turns the vehicle right or left when:


The movement cannot be made with reasonable safety; or


The person fails to give an appropriate signal continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.


Appropriate signals for use while turning are as designated under ORS 811.395 (Appropriate signals for stopping, turning, changing lanes and decelerating) and 811.400 (Failure to use appropriate signal for turn, lane change, stop or exit from roundabout).


The offense described in this section, making an unlawful or unsignaled turn, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §623; 1995 c.383 §59]

Notes of Decisions

Requirement that signal be given applies to any change in direction of travel from one street to another at intersection, whether or not directional change is only available option. State v. Bea, 318 Or 220, 864 P2d 854 (1993)

Turn made after stop is subject to requirement for continuous signal at least 100 feet prior to turning. State v. Arthur, 158 Or App 623, 976 P2d 1146 (1999), Sup Ct review denied


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