ORS 821.190
Unlawful operation of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on highway or railroad; civil liability; penalty


A person commits the offense of unlawful operation of an off-road vehicle on a highway or railroad if the person operates a vehicle described in subsection (2) of this section in any of the following described areas:


On or across the paved portion, the shoulder, inside bank or slope of any highway, on or across the median of any divided highway or on or across any portion of a highway right of way under construction.


On or across a railroad right of way.


This section applies to:




Class I all-terrain vehicles.


Class II all-terrain vehicles that are not properly equipped for operation on a highway.


Class III all-terrain vehicles.


Class IV all-terrain vehicles.


Exemptions from this section are established under ORS 821.055 (Operation of all-terrain vehicles on certain highways) and 821.200 (Exemptions from general prohibition on operating on highway or railroad).


In addition to penalties provided by this section, the operator or owner of a snowmobile or Class I, Class II, Class III or Class IV all-terrain vehicle may be liable as provided under ORS 821.310 (Treble damages for damage to property).


The offense described in this section, unlawful operation of an off-road vehicle on a highway or railroad, is a Class B traffic violation. [1985 c.72 §2; 1985 c.459 §28 (enacted in lieu of 1983 c.338 §§724,725,726); 1989 c.991 §12; 1995 c.383 §111; 1999 c.372 §1; 2011 c.360 §24; 2017 c.453 §1]
§§ 821.050 to 821.320

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute

3 EL 74-88 (1973)

Chapter 821

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Application of Article XI, section 11b of Oregon Constitution to fees imposed under this chapter, (1990) Vol 46, p 447

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