Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.365
Illegal U-turn

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A person commits the offense of making an illegal U-turn if the person is operating a vehicle and the person turns the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction in any of the following places:


Within an intersection where traffic is controlled by an electrical signal. This paragraph does not apply where posted otherwise.


Upon a highway within the limits of an incorporated city between intersections.


At any place upon a highway where the vehicle cannot be seen by another driver approaching from either direction within a distance of:


500 feet within the incorporated limits of a city; or


1,000 feet outside a city.


The offense described in this section, illegal U-turn, is a Class C traffic violation unless commission of the offense contributes to an accident. If commission of the offense contributes to an accident, the offense is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §629; 1995 c.383 §63]
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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Jun. 26, 2021