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In Oregon, Yield May Mean Stop

Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Sep 23, 2019 in Auto Accident

Yield signMost drivers are familiar with the "non-stop" maneuver at a stop sign, commonly known as the "California roll". However, fewer folks are acquainted with the "Oregon yield". And no, it is not a farming or harvest term.

Unlike most other states, Oregon requires motorists to come to stop at yield signs "if necessary, for safety".

It makes sense. Do not enter an intersection if it is not safe to do so. In Oregon, it is the law. The entire text of that state law is as follows:

ORS 811.260

(16) Yield signs. A driver approaching a yield sign shall slow the driver's vehicle to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if necessary, for safety, shall stop at a line as required for stop signs under this section, and shall yield the right of way to any vehicles in the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard. [1983 c.338 §609; 1989 c.539 §1; 1997 c.507 §6; 2003 c.278 §6; 2011 c.168 §1; 2015 c.147 §2]

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