yeah I guess all the people that didnt have a 3rd brakelight car from the 80's are in trouble.
just take the thing off and see if you get in trouble for it. cops dont go around memorizing what cars came with one and what ones didnt.
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Center-mount or high-mount brake lights have been required since MY 1986.
I remember my parents' 1986 Honda Civic was at the cutoff point for this. The third brake light was new for that year. The passenger side mirror was also optional. At 1987's model year, it became a requirement.
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If the car was made before 3rd brake lights started being used, then it is not required. But otherwise it is. This is based on the same discussion in a previous thread.
Ding ding ding! If it came from the factory with the third brake light, you can't legally remove it and not replace it. If it didn't have one, you've got nothing to worry about. I don't know how dickish the cops are around there, but pulling someone over for a burnt out 3rd brake light is pretty unheard of, at least to me.
816.100 Brake lights. Each of the following is a requirement for brake lights as described:
(1) Brake lights shall be placed on the rear of the vehicle. Where more than one brake light is required under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 at least one brake light shall be placed on each side of the rear.
(2) Brake lights shall be constructed and located on a vehicle so as to give a signal of intention to stop.
(3) Brake lights shall emit a red light. If the motor vehicle was manufactured before 1959 and the brake light is combined with the taillight in a taillight assembly, the assembly may contain an insert as described under ORS 816.080.
(4) Except as provided in subsection (11) of this section, brake lights shall emit a steady burning light.
(5) Brake lights shall emit a light that is plainly visible and capable of being seen and distinguished from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of the vehicle in normal daylight.
(6) Brake lights required under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 shall be mounted, so far as practicable, in such a manner as to reduce the hazard of being obscured by mud or dust thrown by the wheels.
(7) Brake lights shall not project a glaring or dazzling light.
(8) Brake lights may be incorporated with a taillight.
(9) Brake lights shall be activated upon application of the service brake.
(10) Brake lights required under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 or any parts for brake lights must comply with standards adopted by the Department of Transportation under ORS 816.010.
(11) Brake lights for motorcycles may flash intermittently, provided that the brake lights do not override the rear turn signal function. [1983 c.338 §458 (7); 1985 c.16 §240 (7); 1985 c.69 §1 (7); 1985 c.71 §4 (7); 1985 c.393 §13 (7); 1985 c.420 §6 (7); 1997 c.492 §2; 2003 c.158 §24]
i would not issue a citation to someone that had both left and right tail/brake lights working.
3rd brake light is more of a courtesy light.
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