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Washington Traffic Laws

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

Drinking & Driving Violations Driving under the influence (RCW section 46.61.502)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Driving without a license - misdemeanor (RCW section 46.20.005)
Driving without a license - traffic infraction (RCW section 46.20.015)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Liability insurance or other financial responsibility required (RCW section 46.30.020)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Certificates required to operate and sell vehicles (RCW section 46.12.010)
Illegal U-Turn "U" turns (RCW section 46.61.295)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents - reports (RCW Chapter 46.52)
Mechanical Violations Vehicle lighting and other equipment (RCW Chapter 46.37)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving - penalty (RCW section 46.61.500)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Obedience to and required traffic control devices (RCW section 46.61.050)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Child passenger restraint systems (RCW section 46.37.505)
Seat belts and shoulder harnesses (RCW section 46.37.510)
Speeding Speed restrictions: basic rules and maximum limits (RCW section 46.61.400)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Vehicle lighting and other equipment (RCW Chapter 46.37)

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