ORS 814.320
Failure to display lighted headlights

  • exceptions
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of failure to display lighted headlights on a moped or motorcycle at all times, if the person operates a moped or motorcycle and does not display lights and illuminated devices specified under ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment) at all times the motorcycle or moped is upon a highway.


A person may use modulating headlights described under ORS 816.050 (Headlights) during daylight without violating this section, but a person who uses such modulating headlights during limited visibility conditions is in violation of this section.


This section does not apply when specific exceptions with respect to parked vehicles are made under ORS 811.525 (Exemptions from requirements for use of lights).


A court may dismiss, without penalty, any charge for violation of this section if the court determines that:


The violation was caused by a malfunction of equipment; and


The equipment that malfunctioned and caused the violation has been repaired or replaced.


The offense described in this section, failure to display lighted headlights on a moped or motorcycle at all times, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §695; 1985 c.16 §332]
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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