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New Law Bans Cell Phones While Driving

By Paul | May 18, 2017 | 0 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…

New Cell Phone While Driving Law

By Paul | March 23, 2017 | 0 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…

Following Too Close Police Emphasis Patrol

By Paul | March 9, 2017 | 0 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…

Seattle Police Get Body Cameras

By Paul | January 31, 2017 | 0 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…

Left Lane Drivers to Face Higher Fines in Washington State

By Paul | January 26, 2017 | 0 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…

Proposed Stricter "Distracted Driving" Laws in 2017

By Paul | January 10, 2017 | 0 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…

New 2016 DUI Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Laws

By Paul | December 27, 2016 | 0 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…

Washington's "Move Over" Law

By Paul | November 14, 2016 | 0 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…

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

By Paul | November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

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…

Driving While Sleep Impaired Traffic Offenses

By Paul | September 20, 2016 | 0 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…