Of course, you know the general rules of the road. You know to go on green and stop on red, you know to pull over when you hear sirens. But there are some other laws that Oregon drivers might not know:
- If you’re pulled over under suspicion of DUI, you can request a breathalyzer or other test to prove your innocence. And, if you’re not happy with the results, you can request a follow-up test by a qualified professional to double-check the first.
- It is illegal to leave your car running if you are not in it. It doesn’t matter if you’re hopping out for five seconds or an hour. If your car’s running, you need to be behind the wheel.
- You are required to take the keys out of your car after parking it.
- There are a few exceptions to seatbelt laws: If you’re delivering newspapers, are performing sanitation work, are in a motorhome, are in the beltless seat of a pickup, or if you have a note from your doctor saying that you can’t wear a seatbelt.
- It is a first-degree misdemeanor to present a police officer with canceled insurance. This can be an honest mistake, but it could also be seen as obstruction and an attempt at fraud.
Generally speaking, if you drive safe and follow the signs, you’re probably driving within the law in Oregon, but it’s always good to know the laws and to know your rights.
If you’re still insurance-shopping, give W.B. Adams Company a call or visit our office in Beaverton, OR. W.B. Adams Company can get you covered with the protection you need.