Oregon Rating: Good

traffic-greenOregon is significantly advanced towards the adoption of Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL- Stronger Supervised Driving Requirement
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction
  • GDL- Stronger Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
Booster Seat Law
  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period Provision
  • GDL – 30-50 Hours Supervised Driving Provision
  • GDL – Passenger Restriction Provision
  • GDL – Cell Phone Restriction Provision
Ignition Interlock Law
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 45 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Oregon.

The current GDL law in Oregon includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 15 for learner’s permit, age 16 for the intermediate stage, and age 17 for full licensure
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage (50 hours for teens who complete driver education)
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between midnight and 5 a.m. during the intermediate stage
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting passengers younger than age 20 for the first 6 months after licensure and prohibiting more than 3 passengers younger than age 20 for the next 6 months after licensure
  • A prohibition on non-emergency use of hand-held cell phones for all drivers and a prohibition on non-emergency use of hands-free cell phones for drivers younger than age 18
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for all drivers

These changes are needed to improve Oregon’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions:

  • Require age 16 for entry into the learner’s permit stage
  • Extend all restrictions on teen drivers through age 17
  • Strengthen the nighttime restrictions for all teen drivers
  • Strengthen the supervised driving requirement
  • Strengthen the passenger restriction requirement

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