ORS 821.210¹
Operating improperly equipped snowmobile
  • civil liability
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of operating an improperly equipped snowmobile if the person operates any snowmobile without all of the following equipment:

(a) A lighted headlight and taillight.

(b) An adequate braking device that may be operated either by hand or foot.

(c) An adequate and operating muffling device that shall effectively blend the exhaust and motor noise in such a manner so as to preclude excessive or unusual noise and, on snowmobiles manufactured after January 4, 1973, that shall effectively maintain such noise at a level of 82 decibels or below on the "A" scale at 100 feet.

(2) The Department of State Police shall establish procedures for testing of noise levels consistent with this section.

(3) Snowmobiles used in organized racing events in an area designated for that purpose may use a bypass or cutout device without violation of the requirements for muffling devices and for noise levels under this section.

(4) In addition to other penalties provided by this section, the owner or operator of a snowmobile may be liable as provided under ORS 821.310 (Treble damages for damage to property).

(5) The offense described in this section, improperly equipped snowmobile, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §728; 1985 c.393 §44; 1995 c.383 §112]

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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