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Oregon Riding on Public Roads Statutes


OREGON REVISED STATUTES
TITLE 48. ANIMALS
CHAPTER 607. LIVESTOCK DISTRICTS; STOCK RUNNING AT LARGE
REGULATION OF STOCK ON CERTAIN HIGHWAYS

         

 607.505. Stock running at large and grazing on Klamath Falls-Malin Highway.

 (1) No person shall permit cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats or hogs to run at large, be pastured, staked or tethered upon the state highway extending from the easterly boundary of the incorporated City of Klamath Falls to the westerly boundary of the incorporated City of Malin.

(2) As used in this section, "state highway" includes only those highways over which the Department of Transportation has control.

 

607.510. Stock running at large and grazing on certain state highways.

No person shall allow cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, swine or other livestock of any kind, to run at large, be pastured, staked or tethered upon the following state highways:

(1) That part of the Oregon Coast Highway, State Highway No. 9, extending from the north boundary of Tillamook County to the south boundary of Lane County.

(2) That part of the Alsea Highway, State Highway No. 27, from its junction with the Corvallis-Newport Highway in Benton County to Waldport in Lincoln County.

(3) That part of the Corvallis-Newport Highway, State Highway No. 33, from Corvallis in Benton County to Newport in Lincoln County.

(4) That part of the Salmon River Highway, State Highway No. 39, from Valley Junction in Polk County to a connection with the Oregon Coast Highway at or near Otis in Lincoln County.

(5) That part of the Wilson River Highway, State Highway No. 37, from the east boundary of Tillamook County to the intersection of the Wilson River Highway with the Oregon Coast Highway, which is State Highway No. 9.


607.515. Stock at large or grazing on highway from Canyonville to Umpqua National Forest.

No person shall permit any cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, hogs or other livestock, to run at large, be pastured, staked or tethered upon the state highway extending from the easterly boundary of the incorporated City of Canyonville easterly to the west boundary of the Umpqua National Forest.



607.520. Stock running at large on highways in Washington County.

No person, either as owner or in possession or control of any horses, mules, cattle, swine, sheep or goats shall permit them to run at large on any highway or public road in Washington County.


607.527. Stock herded or grazed on interstate and defense highways.

(1) Notwithstanding ORS 366.460, 366.465, 374.340 and 607.045 (2) and notwithstanding the existence of an open range area, except as provided by subsection (2) of this section, no person, except in case of emergency, shall drive, herd, pasture, graze, range, tether or stake any livestock, as defined by ORS 607.005, within the boundaries of the right of way for a state highway that is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways, to wit: Interstate 5, Interstate 84, or Interstate 82. This section is not intended to prohibit the hauling of livestock, in vehicles, on a highway or the use of structures or undercrossings, constructed and approved as provided by law, as stock ways, nor to abrogate a duty provided under ORS 607.303 to 607.341.

(2) Upon application by an owner or person in charge of livestock, the Director of Transportation or duly authorized local representative may issue written permits, on such terms as the person finds proper, authorizing the owner or person in charge of livestock to herd or drive the livestock on a single trip across or within the boundaries of a right of way for a highway as described in subsection (1) of this section.




 

TITLE 59. OREGON VEHICLE CODE
CHAPTER 810. ROAD AUTHORITIES; COURTS; POLICE; OTHER ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS
ROAD AUTHORITIES
(ROADS)

 

810.100. Restriction of animal traffic to bridle paths.

Each incorporated community within this state has power, by law or ordinance duly enacted, to regulate the use of its streets by horses and other animals to the extent that bridle paths may be designated upon certain streets and the animals may be prohibited on other streets.

 

CHAPTER 811. RULES OF THE ROAD FOR DRIVERS
GENERAL DRIVING RULES
(MISCELLANEOUS)

          

 

811.510. Dangerous operation around livestock; penalty.

(1) A person commits the offense of dangerous operation around livestock if the person is operating a vehicle upon a highway and the person fails to do any of the following:

  (a) A driver shall use caution when approaching or passing a person riding, leading or herding livestock on the highway.

  (b) If a person riding or leading livestock upon a highway gives a distress signal to an approaching driver by raising a hand, the driver must promptly stop the driver's vehicle, unless movement forward is necessary to avoid an accident, and, if requested, shall turn off the engine until the livestock is under control.

  (c) A driver shall yield the right of way to livestock being driven on a highway.

(2) This section is only applicable if the livestock is an animal of the species of horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, swine, sheep or goats.

(3) The offense described in this section, dangerous operation around livestock, is a Class B traffic violation.

   

811.512. Unlawfully operating low-speed vehicle on highway; penalty.

(1) A person commits the offense of unlawfully operating a low-speed vehicle on a highway if the person operates a low-speed vehicle on a highway that has a speed limit or posted speed of more than 35 miles per hour.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a city or county may adopt an ordinance allowing operation of low-speed vehicles on city streets or county roads that have speed limits or posted speeds of more than 35 miles per hour.

(3) The offense described in this section, unlawfully operating a low-speed vehicle on a highway, is a Class B traffic violation.


 

CHAPTER 814. PEDESTRIANS, PASSENGERS, LIVESTOCK, MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS, BICYCLES, MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIRS
LIVESTOCK

   

814.140. Application of vehicle laws to animal on roadway.

Every person riding an animal upon a roadway and every person driving or leading any animal is subject to the provisions of the vehicle code concerning vehicle equipment and operation of vehicles except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application.

814.150. Failure to perform duties of person in charge of livestock on highway; penalty.

(1) A person commits the offense of failure to perform the duties of a person in charge of livestock on a highway if the person fails to do any of the following:

  (a) When riding or leading a horse or other livestock on the highway, a person must keep a lookout for vehicles and use caution to keep the animal under control.

  (b) A person in charge of driving a herd of livestock on or across a highway shall position a person at the front of the herd to warn drivers that the herd is approaching.

  (c) A person in charge of livestock being driven on a highway shall use reasonable care and diligence to open the roadway for vehicular traffic.

  (d) If a horse or other livestock becomes frightened on a highway, the person riding or leading the livestock shall give a distress signal to an approaching driver by raising the person's hand.

(2) This section is only applicable if the livestock is an animal of the species of horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, swine, sheep or goats

(3) The offense described in this section, failure to perform duties of a person in charge of livestock on a highway, is a Class B traffic violation.


Amended in 2001.
Reviewed and updated by AAHS in May 2003.


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