ORS 815.270¹
Operating vehicle that is loaded or equipped to obstruct driver
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of operating a vehicle that is loaded or equipped to obstruct the driver if the person is operating a vehicle that is loaded or equipped or where baggage or an encumbrance does any of the following:

(a) Substantially obstructs the driver’s views to the rear, through one or more mirrors and otherwise.

(b) Obstructs the driver’s view to the front or sides.

(c) Interferes with control of the driving mechanism.

(d) Prevents the free, unhampered operation of the vehicle by the driver.

(2) The offense described in this section, vehicle loaded or equipped to obstruct driver, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §500; 1985 c.16 §259]

Notes of Decisions

Cracked windshield on defendant’s vehicle was not “encumbrance” to provide of­fi­cer, who stopped defendant, with probable cause to believe windshield condi­tion violated this sec­tion because viola­tion requires item extrinsic to vehicle rather than intrinsic condi­tion of vehicle to obstruct defendant’s view or opera­tion of vehicle. State v. Anderson, 259 Or App 448, 314 P3d 335 (2013)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 815—Vehicle Equipment Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors815.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 815, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano815.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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