Special Provisions for Certain Vehicles

ORS 820.380
Illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens

  • exemption
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens if the person drives or moves on any highway or owns and causes or knowingly permits to be driven or moved on any highway an ambulance or emergency vehicle that does not contain and is not at all times equipped with sirens or other audible signals in proper conditions and adjustment as required under ORS 820.370 (Ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens).


This section does not apply to any ambulance or person operating or owning an ambulance if the ambulance or person is exempted by ORS 682.035 (Application of ORS chapter 682) or 682.079 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to grant exemptions or variances) from regulation by the Oregon Health Authority.


Authority of political subdivisions to regulate sirens and other audible signals is limited under ORS 682.031 (Local ordinances regulating ambulances and emergency medical services providers).


The offense described under this section, illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §765; 1995 c.209 §2; 1995 c.383 §31; 2009 c.595 §1150]


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Jun. 26, 2021