Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.395
Appropriate signals for stopping, turning, changing lanes and decelerating


This section establishes appropriate signals, for purposes of the vehicle code, for use when signals are required while stopping, turning, changing lanes or suddenly decelerating a vehicle. This section does not authorize the use of only hand and arm signals when the use of signal lights is required under ORS 811.405 (Failure to signal with lights). Vehicle lighting equipment described in this section is vehicle lighting equipment for which standards are established under ORS 816.100 (Brake lights) and 816.120 (Turn signals). Appropriate signals are as follows:

(1)

To indicate a left turn either of the following:

(a)

Hand and arm extended horizontally from the left side of the vehicle.

(b)

Activation of front and rear turn signal lights on the left side of the vehicle.

(2)

To indicate a right turn either of the following:

(a)

Hand and arm extended upward from the left side of the vehicle. A person who is operating a bicycle is not in violation of this paragraph if the person signals a right turn by extending the person’s right hand and arm horizontally.

(b)

Activation of front and rear turn signal lights on the right side of the vehicle.

(3)

To indicate a stop or a decrease in speed either of the following:

(a)

Hand and arm extended downward from the left side of the vehicle; or

(b)

Activation of brake lights on the vehicle.

(4)

Change of lane by activation of both front and rear turn signal lights on the side of the vehicle toward which the change of lane is made. [1983 c.338 §635; 1985 c.16 §314]
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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