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2018 Arrives with New Traffic Laws
Learn more about the three changes impacting drivers.
In case you missed it, 2018 arrived with new traffic laws. Below are the three things you need to know:
"Move Over" Law Expands
Prior to January 1, vehicles were required to move at least one lane away from emergency vehicles, tow trucks and other roadside assistance vehicles displaying warning lights and stopped alongside the road...or at the very least slow down while passing, if making a lane change was unsafe. However, effective immediately, the law requires motorist to move over or slow down for ANY motorist displaying hazard lights, or any person who’s showing signs of distress along a roadway by using flares, reflective hazard triangles, or other signs posted that indicate they have an emergency. If you choose to slow down instead of moving over, you must drop your speed to at least five miles an hour below the posted speed limit.
Your Address on Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance
Registered owners can now black out or in some way make it more difficult to read their address on their vehicle registration and proof of insurance card that is carried in the vehicle. This is an effort to provide some protection to the owner in the event the vehicle is broken into.
Reporting Crashes to the DMV
The monetary threshold for having to report a crash to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles within 72 hours has been raised from $1500 to now $2500. However, there are a few exceptions - If your damage is under $2500, you will still need to make that report if anyone was injured or dies, if a vehicle is towed from the scene and/or if there is property damage – other than the involved vehicles – that is more than $2500.