GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Washington. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.
Darrin Grondel, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and GHSA Executive Board Secretary, recently keynoted a University of Massachusetts symposium with a discussion on his state's experience with legalized recreational marijuana.
The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office was one of GHSA's 2017 O'Rourke Special Achievement Award winners. The County issued this press release to announce the award.
September 19, 2017
Contact: Shari Ireton
Washington state recently implemented a law strengthening its handheld cell phone ban. GHSA's Kara Macek praises the law and discusses its potential to serve as a model for other states.
July 24, 2017
Article by Bart Jansen
Executive order establishes an AV work group and creates guidelines for AV pilot projects in the state.
No bicycle helmet laws.
Universal helmet law enacted 1990.
Checkpoints are not conducted. They are illegal without authorizing statute per State Supreme Court (Seattle v. Mesiani; 1988).
Length of Regular Renewal Cycle
Provisions for Mature Drivers
DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs
- Per se >0 for some drugs
- Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use
- Impaired Driving: THC per se (5 ng)