Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.430
Driving on highway divider

  • exceptions
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of driving on a highway divider if the person drives a vehicle over, across or within a dividing space, barrier or section that is an intervening space, physical barrier or clearly indicated dividing section so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic and that divides a highway into two or more roadways.


For purposes of this section, a “dividing space” includes pavement markings of solid double yellow lines with yellow cross-hatching between the double yellow lines.


This section does not apply when the movement of a vehicle that is otherwise prohibited by this section is made:


At an authorized crossover or intersection; or


At the specific direction of a road authority.


The offense described in this section, driving on a highway divider, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §642; 2011 c.330 §25]
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