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16.30.820 Obstructing Traffic.

A.  The operator of a wrecker or tow truck may stop a vehicle where it obstructs traffic when the operator:

1.  Is engaged in the recovery of another vehicle; and

2.  Takes the precautionary measures required by this Section.

B.  A person commits the offense of failure to take precautions when obstructing traffic with a tow vehicle or wrecker engaged in the recovery of another vehicle if the operator does not do all of the following:

1.  Determine that the recovery operation requires stopping the tow or recovery vehicle in the roadway; and

2.  Activate tow vehicle warning lights described in ORS 816.280.