Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) leads statewide efforts and builds partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries on our roadways for the health, safety, and benefit of our communities.
Authorizes AV testing without a human operator.
Universal helmet law enacted 1990.
6 or 8 years
70 and over: no electronic renewal
Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use
THC per se (5 ng)
Per se >0 for some drugs
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
First 6 months: no passengers under 20 Remainder: no more than 3 passengers under 20 (secondary enforcement)
15 15 / 6 without driver's ed.
1 a.m. - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)
Over 16 or over 4'9"
Yes. Primary law.
Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.
All drivers. Primary 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
Permitted by state law
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.
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
Staying home is helping our communities immensely, but being a hero doesn't stop there. Stick to the speed limit to ensure the safety of all who use our streets.
Story by Niki Seligman
April 3, 2020