Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.346
Misuse of special left turn lane

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A person commits the offense of misuse of a special left turn lane if the person uses a special left turn lane for anything other than making a left turn either into or from the special left turn lane.


A person who turns into a special left turn lane from an alley, driveway or other entrance to the highway that has the special left turn lane is in violation of this section if the person does anything other than stop in the lane and merge into traffic in the lane immediately to the right of the person’s vehicle.


As used in ORS 811.345 (Failure to use special left turn lane) and this section, a “special left turn lane” is a median lane that is marked for left turns by drivers proceeding in opposite directions.


The offense described in this section, misuse of a special left turn lane, is a Class B traffic violation. [1997 c.468 §2]
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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