Archive for January, 2017

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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