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Archive for January 2015

Proposed Lane Splitting in Washington

Motorcyclists are pushing House Bill 1515, which would allow “lane splitting”. That would mean a motorcycle could drive in between cars when traffic was congested. The proposed law says that traffic as a whole must be going no more than 35 miles per hour and the motorcycle could only go 10 mph over that. The…

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Move Over.. Its the Law

In 2011 a law was passed requiring motorists to “move over”. When a driver in the right lane comes within 200 feet of an emergency vehicle (police, fire, aid, tow truck or DOT truck) they must move to the next lane, as long as it is safe to do so. If they are unable to…

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Marijuana: What is legal, what is not

Recreational Marijuana stores opened last summer all around Washington State. Please remember that while it is legal to purchase and smoke, it is still illegal to drive while intoxicated. THC levels at greater than or equal to 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood is considered intoxicated and will result in a DUI charge. Here is a…

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Roadside Marijuana Test

Washington and other states are looking into adopting a simple roadside saliva test for marijuana impairment. This saliva testing would attempt to determine a subject’s level of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that actually affects driving. The saliva test would be used to determine if the driver’s THC blood concentration was over the legal…

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Marijuana in Vehicles.. Legal or Illegal?

When our state created laws to set limits on marijuana use and driving, they based most of it on the current alcohol use and driving laws. One thing though that is not the same: Marijuana use IN a car. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants state lawmakers to fix that oversight when they reconvene this January.…

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Traffic Ticket Deadline

For Traffic Tickets, you have only 15 days to send in your filled out ticket to the listed court with either the full $ payment or your request for a Contested Hearing. The courts are very strict about this 15 day deadline.

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DUI and Physical Control

DUI and Physical Control laws are strictly enforced in Snohomish and King Counties. The current legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 for adults and .02 for those under 21. The legal limit for marijuana DUIs is 5 nanograms for blood THC content. However, you can still be charged with DUI even if…

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