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DUI Arrests With Kids In The Car On The Rise

Washington State Troopers are arresting more DUI drivers with kids under 16 in the car. DUI drivers with child passengers under 16 in the car could face an additional charge of Reckless Endangerment for each child. Plus face an additional Department of Licensing 6 month Ignition Interlock Device (IID  – “blow & go”) requirement.  Child…

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Still Confused About Distracted Driving Laws?

  Lynnwood Traffic Lawyer Paul HansonWashington drivers are still confused as to what they can – and cannot – do while driving. Even after a year of the toughest distracted driving laws in the country. Drivers can still receive a citation for texting or holding their phone for any reason while stopped in traffic. You…

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Washington State Drinking in Public Violations

Before you pick up a drink and head outside, be aware that Washington State law prohibits you from consuming any alcohol or marijuana in public. The only exception is if you are at an event holding a valid liquor permit allowing alcohol consumption. For example, you cannot walk through the park with your opened beer…

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Troopers Enforcing “Move Over” Law

This coming weekend troopers across Washington will be cracking down on drivers who don’t move over when passing within 200 feet of any police cars or emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the roadway or when passing roadwork zones. State law requires drivers on roadways with more than two lanes to move over to…

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Distracted Drivers Beware

The WSP grace period has ended for distracted drivers. Under the “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics” law, also known as E-DUI, drivers may not hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic, or at a stop light. That includes tablets, laptops, games, or any hand-held electronic devices. The law…

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Seattle Municipal Court Warrant Outreach Event

Today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM the Seattle Municipal Court is hosting a Warrant Outreach Event at the Rainier Beach Community Center, located at 8825 Rainier Ave S. in Seattle. Court officials say this is not a trap. There will not be police waiting to arrest you. It is just for you to come…

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Seattle to Vacate All Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Convictions

Seattle City Prosecutors will soon request the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate (remove) all misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions prosecuted by the City before marijuana was legalized in Washington State in December, 2012. During a press conference today (02/08/2018) new Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes will announce the City’s plan to…

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Drivers holding a phone behind the wheel will face a $136 ticket

The grace period for Washington’s distracted driving law ended January 1st. Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will now start ticketing all drivers caught talking, texting, or even holding their phones in the car. The first offense will cost drivers $136. A second ticket will cost $234. These offenses are reportable to insurance companies, which could…

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New Illegal School Bus Passing Tickets

On Monday October 2, 2017, the King County Sheriff’s Office will being issuing $419.00 tickets for illegally passing an unloading school bus. Exterior cameras have been put on 120 Seattle Public School buses. These cameras, similar to the school zone cameras, will get video of the illegally passing vehicle and its license plate. The vehicle’s…

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Tickets for Not Stopping for School Buses

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…

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