Me and a colleague got into an argument, and I need help figuring out the legality/truth of the situation.

In Oregon, the law states that you must have two tail lights on a motor vehicle (as long as it is not a motorcycle): https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/816.320 (1)(b)

It also states that the tail light has to be wired to be on when the headlights are on: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/816.080 (5)

My colleagues vehicle was OEM equipped with more than 2 tail lights. His claim was that if one of the tail lights is out (still having at least 2 functional ones) - it is illegal to pull that vehicle over with intent of either citing the driver or warning him of the issue.

My understanding is that a motor vehicle is a regulated device, and it is legal to pull driver over to warn him that a tail light is out.

Is it legal or not? And why?

  • @K-C: Correct, I'm only referring to the tail lights - not the brake lights – Kaa Mar 8 '17 at 23:07

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