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New Cell Phone While Driving Law

March 23rd, 2017 No comments

The 2017 Washington Legislature has recently passed a bill that completely bans holding a cell phone, or any electronic device, while driving or being stopped in traffic. The bill will also double the fine for a 2nd and subsequent offenses within 5 years. This changes the current law which only bans talking, with the phone next to your head. Under this new bill, a police officer can pull a driver over if upon just seeing a phone in your hand while driving.

For more information, contact Lynnwood traffic lawyer Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339.

 

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Following Too Close Police Emphasis Patrol

March 9th, 2017 No comments

This week the Washington State Patrol is looking for tailgaters. Drivers following too close to the vehicle in front of them are more likely to get an infraction ticket during this emphasis patrol. The standard ticket penalty is $136.00.  But if the driver causes an accident for following too close, then then penalty will be $187.00. The WSP said it investigated over 9,500 collisions caused by following too close last year and hope with this emphasis patrol they can drastically bring that number down this year.  

For more information on Following Too Close Infractions, or any other traffic infraction, call Lynnwood Traffic Ticket Lawyer Paul G. Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation.

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Seattle Police Get Body Cameras

January 31st, 2017 No comments

Seattle police officers will soon be wearing body cameras to record all interactions with those they contact while on duty. A dozen officers in the Department’s bicycle squad were the first ones, beginning in late December 2016. Eventually all 850 officers will be wearing them by the end of 2017. When the body camera is on, a visible light shows, alerting the contacted person that they’re being recorded. The department hopes the body cameras will reduce complaints against police and inspire public trust in the Seattle police.

For more information call Lynnwood criminal defense attorney, Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339.

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Left Lane Drivers to Face Higher Fines in Washington State

January 26th, 2017 No comments

Drivers who stay in the left lane instead of just using it for passing may soon face a stiffer penalty. Washington State law makers are considering a new bill in this 2017 legislation would raise the ticket fine from $136 to $181. 

State law allows drivers to drive in the left lane only if they are passing a slower vehicle that is on their right. Otherwise, you must stay out of the left lane (excluding HOV lanes).

Call Lynnwood traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson for more information and a free traffic ticket consultation at (425) 778-7339. 

 

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Proposed Stricter “Distracted Driving” Laws in 2017

January 10th, 2017 No comments

A proposed law is being considered in Washington State that would increase distracted driving ticket penalties.

Currently the fine for cell phone use while driving is $124, and it is not reported to your insurance company. The “Text Messaging Law” (RCW 46.61.668) prohibits sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving. The “Cell Phone Law” (RCW 46.61.667) prohibits hand-held wireless communication device use while driving.

This new proposed law would make it illegal to even touch your cell phone while driving. Also the proposed law would increase the penalty fine from $124 to as much as $350 and the second violation would be reported to your insurance, which could potentially increase your insurance rates.

Please call attorney Paul Hanson for additional information on these new laws. (425) 778-7339

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New 2016 DUI Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Laws

December 27th, 2016 No comments

New 2016 DUI Ignition Interlock Device (IID) laws have recently gone into effect in Washington. Until recently, convicted DUI drivers under a one year Ignition Interlock Device requirement did not have to actually install the required IID in their vehicle until the last four months of their one year IID period. Under the new 2016 laws, such drivers are now required to keep the IID in their vehicles for all 365 days of their DUI IID period.

Employees can still waive the IID requirement in their company vehicles for employee drivers when used for solely business purposes during working hours.

An estimated 20,000 Washington DUI drivers now have an IID installed in their vehicles. Another 10,000 more are required to have IIDs installed but haven’t installed one.

 

 

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Washington’s “Move Over” Law

November 14th, 2016 No comments

Washington’s “Move Over Law” requires all motorists to change lanes If it’s safe or, if it’s not, to slow down when passing police or any emergency vehicles who have pulled to the side of the roadway and have their emergency lights flashing. Motorists must do this at least 200 feet before and after passing the stopped police or emergency vehicle. Failure to do so results in a $214.00 ticket.

The “Move Over Law” was enacted to protect police and emergency personnel standing next to a stopped vehicle on the side of the road.

Many motorists are still unaware of this special passing requirement for police and emergency vehicles. So Washington State troopers are conducting emphasis patrols focusing specifically on the Move Over Law. State troopers stopped 4,216 drivers in 2015 for Move Over Law violations.

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Seattle Car Insurance Rates

August 4th, 2016 No comments

A recent Seattle area study found that having traffic tickets on your driving record significantly increases your auto insurance rates. Especially for younger drivers (16 to 24) . Quote Wizard, an insurance comparison website, commissioned a just released study to obtain a snapshot of Seattle’s car insurance market. The study surveyed 500 Seattle based drivers.

The average monthly insurance costs for drivers with tickets on their driving record was $156 a month verses only $134 a month for drivers without tickets. That’s a $22.00 a month difference. Since auto insurance companies typically base their rates on the last 3 years of the driving record, which means an average extra cost of $792.00 for drivers with tickets.  

So it pays to fight a traffic ticket, especially if you’re under 25. Especially since the typical attorney fee is only $250 – $350.

Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information. He has over 33 years experience defending traffic tickets in Snohomish and King County.

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Work Crew as Alternative to Jail / Fines in King County

July 27th, 2016 No comments

There is an alternative to serving jail time and paying off fines / financial obligations imposed by King County District Court judges. Instead, convicted persons can do work crew if authorized by the sentencing judge. Work crew is administered through the King County Community Work Program (CWP). Each work crew day consists of working outside on King County roadways and parks for 8 hours (minus breaks) which is credited towards either 1 full day of jail time or $150.00 of court fines / financial obligations.  Work crew can be performed on Saturdays for those working full time jobs Monday through Friday. Those not working full time jobs are required to work 4 days a week until their jail sentence / financial obligations are satisfied. This is a much better alternative than spending time in jail or having to come up with thousands of dollars for fines. 

Call Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI and criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson for more information on the  work crew alternative in King County.  

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New 2016 Criminal Laws – Certificate of Restoration Opportunity created

May 19th, 2016 No comments

House Bill 2ESHB 1153, effective June 9, 2016 created a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) which certifies that a person convicted of a felony has been rehabilitated. It will open the door to obtaining Washington professional licensees required for jobs in teaching, financial services, and health care which are currently closed to those with felony records. No state, county of city licensing agency may now deny professional licenses to CROP applicants solely because of their criminal history. However, exceptions exist for law enforcement, law practice, and working with children, vulnerable adults and the mentally ill. Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson for more details.

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