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Traffic laws you wouldn’t expect in Oregon

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Traffic Violations |

When you are learning to drive, it can seem like there are many rules to follow while you are on the road. While some are easy to remember, there are others that you may not encounter very often.

Then, there are the rules you may not know because you never needed to learn them.

Here are a few little-known traffic laws that you may find on the books in Oregon.

Don’t mix cars with sleds or skateboards

Joring, or animal-powered, sports are popular in many areas of the country. People will use their dogs (or horses) to pull them on skis, sleds, bikes and other contraptions.

However, do not be tempted to try these exciting sports by replacing the animal with your car. In Portland, Oregon, it is illegal to hitch a ride behind a vehicle on a sled or skateboard.

No repairs here

Doing a vehicle repair on the street is not ideal. However, if you do not have a driveway or your driveway is not level, you may start looking at the road as an option for performing a quick repair on your car.

You will need to find somewhere else to repair your vehicle in Gresham, Oregon. Fixing your car on the street is only permitted when “necessitated by emergency.” In some areas, there are also limits to how long you have to repair your vehicle on your own property.

Twice is enough

While more common amongst teenagers, cruising is an activity that many people enjoy because they can spend time together while still feeling like they were able to get out of the house.

In Portland, some laws limit driving through a “traffic congestion thoroughfare” between 9 pm and 5 am. There are signs that designate these congestion thoroughfares, and you may not pass through more than twice during the night.