Safety Laws in OregonPage Overview
Seat Belt Laws for Adults
Oregon requires all adult drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Vehicle owners have the responsibility to maintain proper seat belt equipment. While there are a few exceptions, this law applies to most vehicles, such as cars, pick-up trucks, and motor homes.
Child Car Seat Laws
- Infants must ride in a rear-facing child seat until they are 1 year old and weight at least 20 lbs.
- If your child weighs 40 lbs or less, you are required to use an approved child safety seat.
- If your child weighs over 40 lbs, or they reach the upper weight limit of their child safety seat, you are required to use a booster seat until they reach 4 ft 9 in tall or they turn 8 years old. (They must fit the adult seat belt properly.)
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a child car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
Cell phone restrictions:
- All drivers of all ages are banned from using hand-held cell phones.
- All drivers under 18 years old are banned from all "mobile communication devices" while driving.
- Texting is banned for all drivers, regardless of age, while behind the wheel.
Regardless of age, anyone riding on a motorcycle must wear a helmet.
Also, if you're under 16 years old, you must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
Headlights must be turned on from sunset to sunrise, and any time visibility is reduced to less than 1,000 feet. The law also states that any time drivers turn on the windshield wipers, they are required to have the headlights on regardless of time of day.
Call 911 to report a driver who may be intoxicated, or who is driving so erratically that lives may be in danger.
If outside city limits, drivers may also call (800) 243-7865 ((800) 24DRUNK) to report suspected drunk drivers.
While Oregon doesn't have any statewide laws specifically concerning the issue of leaving children or pets unattended in a vehicle, some jurisdictions have rules covering these matters. So, contact local authorities to determine if such rules exist in your area.
However, leaving a child unattended long enough that it poses a threat to the child's safety is considered to be child neglect by the state, a second-degree offense.Other Topics in This Section
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