ORS 821.190¹
Unlawful operation of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on highway or railroad
  • civil liability
  • penalty

(1) 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:

(a) 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.

(b) On or across a railroad right of way.

(2) This section applies to:

(a) Snowmobiles.

(b) Class I all-terrain vehicles.

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

(d) Class III all-terrain vehicles.

(3) Exemptions from this section are established under ORS 821.200 (Exemptions from general prohibition on operating on highway or railroad).

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

(5) 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]

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

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 821—Off-Road Vehicles; Snowmobiles; All-Terrain Vehicles, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors821.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 821, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­821ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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