Mandatory Helmet Law

Oregon



STATUTE:

Title 59. Oregon Vehicle Code. Chapter 814. Pedestrians, passengers, Livestock, Motorcycles, Mopeds, Bicycles, Motorized Wheelchairs. Mopeds and Motorcycles. Section 814.269 Failure of motorcycle operator to wear a motorcycle helmet; penalty. :

FINE:

Bill Magnie has reported that the fine for a conviction of the above statute is $67 (unless you go to Brookings, where it's rumored fines can reach $300). Thanks Bill.

STANDARDS:

Title 59. Oregon Vehicle Code. Chapter 801.366: "'Motorcycle Helmet' means a protective covering for the head consisting of a hard outer shell, padding adjacent to and inside the outer shell and a chin-strap type retention system with a sticker indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the United States Department of Transportation.

COURT DECISIONS:

The harassment of bikers continued even after the recent changes in the Oregon law. ABATE of Oregon sued the Superintendent of the Oregon State Police and got a terrific decision -- ABATE of Oregon v. Howard.


CURRENT ACTIVITY:

July 7, 2001 - HB 2808 - In committee upon adjournment. Bill Text | Bill Status

March 28, 2001 - HB 2808 - 21 and over helmet mod bill. 03/26 - Passed House 35 - 22. Moved to Senate Trans Committee as of 3/28.


RELATIED INFORMATION:

July 7, 1999 - HB 3632 - After considerable active lobbying and numerous delays, the bill was votedon today and failed to gain the 16 vote majority vote needed for passage. The count was 15-14.

May 13, 1999 - SB 583 lost the House Transportation Committee vote 5 to 5.

May 10, 1999 - SB 583 - A Helmet mod bill to reduce mandatory age to 21, House Trans Committee heard testimony and resumes Wed May 12.

May 1999 - HB 2613 - A handlebar height repeal passed House Feb 26, Senate Mar 29 and was signed into law by Governor. The new law will take effect 90 days after the Governor's signature.

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-- DISCLAIMER --

The foregoing is provided as educational information only and is not legal advice.