New research suggests state laws that prohibit drivers from holding a cell phone under any circumstance appear to be effective in reducing rear-end crashes. ... Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, said in a prepared statement that the IIHS study reaffirms the importance of states enacting clear and strong distracted driving laws.
Authorizes AV testing without a human operator.
Universal helmet law enacted 1990.
6 or 8 years
70 and over: no electronic renewal
Per se >0 for some drugs
Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use
THC per se (5 ng)
With an ignition interlock driver's license
Mandatory for all convictions
Under 2 years – rear-facing child restraint
2 to 4 years – child restraint with harness (rear or forward-facing)
4 years and older – car or booster seat until 4’9”
Up to age 13 years – must ride in back seat when practical
4’9” or taller
Adult seat belt fits properly
40 lbs or over in seating position with only lap belt
15 15 / 6 without driver's ed.
1 a.m. - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)
First 6 months: no passengers under 20 Remainder: no more than 3 passengers under 20 (secondary enforcement)
Over 16 or over 4'9"
Yes. Primary law.
Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.
All drivers. Primary law.
Permitted by state law
School speed zones; in cities west of the Cascade Mountains, only one camera and upon state legislative approval
Permitted by state law and city ordinance
Statewide; at intersections of two arterials
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is looking to fill three Program Manager positions.
Through a grant from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and GHSA, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) established a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) DUI Training Pilot Program for law enforcement to ensure officers have the skills and tools necessary to safely stop trucks and other large vehicles.
The rise in U.S. road deaths after Covid-19 hit was historic, but it was especially concentrated among certain groups of people, new federal data show.
As summer winds down and millions of Americans take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend, GHSA is reminding motorists that State Highway Safety Offices and their federal and law enforcement partners are stepping up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving.
As summer winds down and millions of Americans take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend, GHSA is reminding motorists that SHSOs and their federal and law enforcement partners are stepping up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving, a preventable behavior that puts road users at risk.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2021
CONTACT: Adam Snider, 202-580-7930
202-365-8971 (after hours)
As traffic volumes rise, State Highway Safety Offices increase efforts to protect road users
With many people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, once-crowded highways are now relatively empty, prompting more drivers to speed.
Story by Erin McLaughlin
April 25, 2020