Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.400
Failure to use appropriate signal for turn, lane change, stop or exit from roundabout

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A person commits the offense of failure to use an appropriate signal for a turn, lane change or stop or for an exit from a roundabout if the person does not make the appropriate signal under ORS 811.395 (Appropriate signals for stopping, turning, changing lanes and decelerating) by use of signal lamps or hand signals and the person is operating a vehicle that is:


Turning, changing lanes, stopping or suddenly decelerating; or


Exiting from any position within a roundabout.


This section does not authorize the use of only hand signals to signal a turn, change of lane, stop or deceleration when the use of signal lights is required under ORS 811.405 (Failure to signal with lights).


The offense described in this section, failure to use appropriate signal for a turn, lane change or stop or for an exit from a roundabout, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §634; 1995 c.383 §66; 2001 c.464 §6]

Notes of Decisions

Where legislature did not qualify term "lane," it is apparent legislature intended term to include all lanes of highway including those used for parking. State v. Thomas, 104 Or App 126, 799 P2d 208 (1990)

Defendant driving in merge lane and entering driving lane is required to signal. State v. Belcher, 108 Or App 741, 816 P2d 1215 (1991)

Where right turn was only available lawful option, driver was not required to signal. State v. Padilla, 119 Or App 27, 850 P2d 372 (1993), Sup Ct review denied

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)

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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