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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Snohomish County District Court Judges rule DUI Draeger Breath Test Results Not Admissible

November 3rd, 2016 No comments

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In October 2016, all the Snohomish County District Court (SCDC) judges ruled that the DUI Draeger breath instrument test results cannot be admitted into evidence in any DUI breath test trials in their four divisions (Lynnwood, Everett, Monroe, and Arlington). Such breath tests are the strongest evidence against DUI defendants.

The SCDC judges found that there were numerous Draeger software problems that had not been fully analyzed, tested, and fixed. The judges  ruled that the State must first fully test and evaluate the new Draeger instruments to ensure they always produce accurate and reliable breath test results in every DUI case. Only then will the Draeger test results again be admissible in DUI cases.

This October 2016 ruling came after 1 ½ years of local Draeger litigation brought by over 40 plus Snohomish County DUI defense lawyers, including Lynnwood / DUI criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson. This SCDC ruling will make it significantly easier to defend DUI breath test cases in the four divisions of the SCDC. At least until the Draeger software problems are finally evaluated and fixed

If you have a SCDC Draeger breath test DUI case, contact Attorney Hanson for more details about this ruling and for a free initial attorney consultation. Call (425) 778-7339.

Driving While Sleep Impaired Traffic Offenses

September 20th, 2016 No comments

Many Washington drivers are unaware that they can be charged for sleep impaired dangerous driving. Driving after 18 hours without sleep mimics a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration. Driving after 21 hours without sleep mimics driving over the 0.08% legal limit for alcohol (Source: 2016 Governors Highway Safety Association). So legally driving with too little sleep is equivocal to driving with too much alcohol.

If you fall asleep at the wheel and kill or seriously injure someone, you could be charged with the felony crimes of Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault. If you cause minor injury or serious property damage, you could be charged with the gross misdemeanor offense of Reckless Driving. If you cause a fender bender or no accident, then you could be charged with the traffic infraction of Negligent Driving 2nd degree.

For more information, please call Lynnwood DUI / traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson. Call (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation.

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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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Lynnwood Traffic Camera Tickets

June 28th, 2016 No comments

The City of Lynnwood pioneered the use of red light intersection and school zone speeding traffic cameras about 10 years ago. So far its one of the very few cities in Snohomish County to use them.

Red light cameras operate in several major Lynnwood intersections. School zone speeding cameras operate during the school day. The Lynnwood Police Department claims these cameras have reduced intersection collisions and school zone pedestrian injuries. But they admit that they have no hard data to support this claim.

If ticketed through a traffic camera, the car owner (not the car driver) receives a ticket in the mail several weeks later. The penalty is currently $134.00. The ticketed car owner can review the camera video before deciding whether to fight or pay it. However, traffic camera tickets do not go on the car owner’s Washington driving record so auto insurance rates are not affected.

For more information, call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson. And whenever you (or someone you know) want to fight any traffic ticket issued in Snohomish and King Counties. Attorney Paul Hanson has over 33 years experience in traffic ticket clients. Just call (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation (office visit or phone call).

Drivers Beware: Cops now go undercover to catch distracted drivers in Washington State

June 23rd, 2016 No comments

The person standing on the street corner, wearing regular clothing, might just cost you a $136 ticket. Local law enforcement are now going undercover to catch drivers talking on their cell phones. The undercover officer is in plain clothes, and after spotting you talking on your phone while driving, will radio to the patrol car to pull you over and ticket you. Deputies say they can ticket up to 50 drivers an hour this way.

From 2014 to 2015 there was a 30% increase in deaths from distracted driving. That accounts for about 40 more people killed in that time. Deputies hope this emphasis patrol will cause people to change their driving behavior and save lives.

The sheriff’s office has produced a video showing how easy it is for them to find and ticket distracted drivers.

 

Call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket Attorney Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information on distracted driving tickets.