2015 ORS 820.300¹
Exemptions from traffic laws

(1) Subject to conditions, limitations, prohibitions and penalties established for emergency vehicle and ambulance drivers under ORS 820.320 (Illegal operation of emergency vehicle or ambulance), the driver of an emergency vehicle or ambulance may do any of the following:

(a) Park or stand in disregard of a statute, regulation or ordinance prohibiting that parking or standing.

(b) Proceed past a red signal or stop sign.

(c) Exceed the designated speed limits.

(d) Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.

(e) Proceed past the flashing bus safety lights without violating ORS 811.155 (Failure to stop for bus safety lights) if the driver first stops the vehicle and then proceeds only when the driver:

(A) Determines that no passengers of the bus remain on the roadway; and

(B) Proceeds with caution.

(2) The provisions of this section:

(a) Do not relieve the driver of an emergency vehicle or ambulance from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all other persons.

(b) Are not a defense to the driver of an emergency vehicle or ambulance in an action brought for criminal negligence or reckless conduct.

(c) Except as specifically provided in this section, do not relieve the driver of an emergency vehicle or ambulance from the duty to comply with ORS 811.155 (Failure to stop for bus safety lights). [1983 c.338 §757; 1985 c.16 §362; 1995 c.209 §5]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 820—Special Provisions for Certain Vehicles, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors820.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.