2015 ORS 820.380¹
Illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens
  • exemption
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens if the person drives or moves on any highway or owns and causes or knowingly permits to be driven or moved on any highway an ambulance or emergency vehicle that does not contain and is not at all times equipped with sirens or other audible signals in proper conditions and adjustment as required under ORS 820.370 (Ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens).

(2) This section does not apply to any ambulance or person operating or owning an ambulance if the ambulance or person is exempted by ORS 682.035 (Application of ORS chapter 682) or 682.079 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to grant exemptions or variances) from regulation by the Oregon Health Authority.

(3) Authority of political subdivisions to regulate sirens and other audible signals is limited under ORS 682.031 (Local ordinances regulating ambulances and emergency medical services providers).

(4) The offense described under this section, illegal ambulance or emergency vehicle sirens, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §765; 1995 c.209 §2; 1995 c.383 §31; 2009 c.595 §1150]


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.