Tickets for Not Stopping for School Buses

September 5th, 2017 No comments

When do you stop for a school bus? Get it wrong and you could get a $430 ticket in Washington State. Many drivers get it wrong on two lane roads. If you"re driving on a two lane road, cars coming from both directions must stop when the school bus puts out its stop signal or has red lights flashing.

If you"re on a road with three or more lanes, you need to stop if you"re traveling in the same direction as the bus. If you"re traveling in the opposite direction, you can keep going.

If you are on a road with a turn lane in the middle, cars going in the same direction should stop. Cars going the opposite direction do not need to stop.

If there is a median or an island between the opposing directions, traffic going the same direction as the bus needs to stop. Opposing traffic does not.

You are not allowed to resume driving until the red lights stop flashing and the stop bar is retracted.

Remember that some school buses now have cameras that will catch you in the act. 

Call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket lawyer, Attorney Paul Hanson, for more information. Call (425) 778-7339

 

 

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Drunk, Drugs or High: It’s a DUI

August 29th, 2017 No comments

Extra DUI police patrols will hit King and Snohomish County roads starting Friday September 1st  to target those who get behind the wheel after having a few drinks or smoking too much marijuana.

This DUI emphasis patrol is aimed at encouraging everyone to get a safe ride, especially if alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medicine, or other drug use might be causing any impairment. They will last throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend.

During the 2015 Labor Day weekend, the WSP made 146 DUI arrests and stopped 4,859 drivers for speeding. During the same time period, troopers responded to 277 collisions.

These extra DUI patrols are part of the Target Zero Task Force which strives to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.

 

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Other New State Laws Starting Sunday, July 23rd

July 22nd, 2017 No comments

Other new laws that take effect Sunday:

—Prosecutors will be able to file felony charges if a person gets a fourth DUI within 10 years. Under the new law, offenders would be sent to prison for 13 to 17 months, rather than serve shorter sentences in county jails.

—Courts will be allowed to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault. Currently, victims of sexual assault can only be granted a protection order for up to two years, which means they must reappear in court to repetition for a new order. Under the new law, those orders can now be made permanent. In cases where a permanent order isn"t issued, under this new measure the courts will grant a renewal of the order unless perpetrators can prove they are no longer a threat to the victim.

—Creation of a new crime of theft involving a vulnerable adult any person 18 years or older who is clearly mentally or physically unable to care for himself or herself or suffers from a cognitive impairment. The new statute ranks the crime at a higher seriousness level of theft.

—Expansion of education program for inmates. A new law authorizes the state Department of Corrections to partner with community and technical colleges to provide associate degree programs, expanding existing programs at the state"s prisons that provide basic education and job training. Priority for the programs would be given to inmates within five years of release. Those serving sentences of life without parole, or who are on death row, are ineligible.

—It will be illegal for a person to leave a dog tethered for a reckless period of time without providing him or her with adequate access to food, water and shelter. Dogs must also be placed in a safe and sanitary area that protects them from excessive heat or cold.

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New Distracted Driving Law Starts Sunday 7/23/2017

July 22nd, 2017 No comments

Starting this Sunday, July 23rd Washington drivers will have to put down their phones or else face tougher penalties under a new distracted driving law.

Texting or holding a phone to your ear is already against the law in the state, but the new measure now prohibits anything else that requires drivers to hold their electronic devices while behind the wheel. That means no reading text messages while driving, scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, or watching a quick video while stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light.

Under the measure, “the minimal use of a finger" to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a personal electronic device while driving is still allowed. To enforce this, police will have to use their judgment. State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson, sees it this way: “The idea is for you to activate your phone with one touch, so you don’t have to look away from your windshield to dial 10 numbers, to make a phone call.” Typing a map address while in traffic, now common behavior, will be treated by many troopers as a violation, he said. Handheld phone calls to 911 emergency services is still legal.

The standard traffic fine of $136 would apply to a first offense but would increase to about $234 for a second offense. These offenses are reportable to insurance companies, which could raise rates like any other moving violation.

Plus, another section of the new law also says a person who engages in “any activity not related to the actual operation of a motor vehicle" — like eating or putting on makeup — is subject to pay an additional fine of $99. However it is a secondary offense and only applies if an officer catches a driver being distracted while committing a standard traffic offense, such as running a stop sign because their coffee spilled.

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2017 Law Day in Snohomish County District Court (South Division)

July 12th, 2017 No comments

Attorney Paul Hanson was pleased to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Judges at the Snohomish County District Court (South Division) in Lynnwood, WA for his volunteer attorney services at the court’s annual LAW DAY events.

Now in its 31st year, Law Day was founded when several South Division court employees and Lynnwood attorney Paul Hanson decided to put on a presentation for 60 local fifth graders. Now with close to 1,000 students each year, kids from 14 different schools in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace took over the SCDC South Division Courthouse on June 2nd.

Under the direction of local volunteer attorneys and judges, the students participated in a mock trial, acting as prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges and even jurors who got to deliberate the fate of a shoplifting suspect.

Students also heard from local WSP troopers about what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer and saw a demonstration from K-9 dogs.

Students and teachers also attempted to walk a straight line while looking through special glasses (beer goggles) meant to replicate intoxication. And they were able to see first-hand the mangled remains of a car that had been in a DUI crash.

The goal of Law Day is to commemorate, educate and celebrate the U.S. legal system. Paul Hanson looks forward to putting together this even each year, he enjoys it as much as the 5th graders!

 

 Photos by Teresa Wippel, Edmonds Beacon 

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New Law Bans Cell Phones While Driving

May 18th, 2017 No comments

In mid July, 2017, drivers will no longer be able to hold any electronic device (cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices) in their hands while driving. Not even while stopped in traffic or while waiting for a traffic light to change. It replaces the current Washington law which on prohibits texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving. However the use of a finger to activate, deactivate or initiate a function on a personal electronic device while driving will still be allowed.

 

 

Call Lynnwood traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson for more information. Call (425) 778-7339

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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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