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District of Columbia Traffic Laws

Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in District of Columbia -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

Drinking & Driving ViolationsDriving while under the influence of alcohol (DC Code sections 50-2205.02 to 2205.03)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended LicenseOperation without permit prohibited (DC Code section 50-1401.01)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient InsuranceFinancial responsibility; proof required for each registered vehicle (DC Code section 50-1301.52)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired RegistrationRegistration; unlawful acts; penalty (DC Code section 50-1501.04)
Illegal U-TurnBrowse the D.C. Vehicle Code (scroll to Title 50)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & RunFleeing from scene of accident; driving under influence of liquor or drugs (DC Code section 50-2201.05)
Mechanical ViolationsBrowse the D.C. Vehicle Code (scroll to Title 50)
Reckless DrivingSpeeding and reckless driving (DC Code section 50-2201.04)
Running a Red Light / Stop SignBrowse the D.C. Vehicle Code (scroll to Title 50)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint ViolationsUse of safety belts required (DC Code section 50-1802)
Child restraint; requirements (DC Code section 50-1703)
SpeedingSpeeding and reckless driving (DC Code section 50-2201.04)
Unlawful Vehicle ModificationsBrowse the D.C. Vehicle Code (scroll to Title 50)
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