District of Columbia

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the District of Columbia. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment of AVs with a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1970.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

5 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

70 and over: no electronic renewal; medical certification required

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

55

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

n/a

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

n/a

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

n/a

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

n/a

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC

.20, .25 and .30

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

2-90 days or until deposition

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs, under 40 lbs and under 40" in rear-facing child restraint
4 yrs in child restraint
4-7 yrs in child restraint or booster seat

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 yrs

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

40 (10 in intermediate stage)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 6

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

September through June: 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. (Sun-Thurs); Midnight - 6 a.m. (Fri-Sat)
July through August: midnight - 6 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no passengers
Thereafter: No more than 2 passengers under 21

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Who is Covered?

16 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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Type of Law

Primary

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers with learner's permit. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by district law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Citywide

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by district law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Citywide

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

Public Affairs Specialist

Summary

This position is in the Office of Safety Recommendations and Communications, Media Relations Division in Washington, DC. The incumbent will manage all aspects of media relations and provide on-scene media relations support to active NTSB accident investigations.

Responsibilities

As a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14, you will:

Write news releases, media advisories, Tweets, key messages, talking points or other media communications to convey information to identified audiences.

Program Manager (P)

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Government Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning (NGA) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You will serve as a Program Manager/Deputy Director supervising NGA staff, liaising with Congressional Staff, industry experts, other Federal Agencies and other stakeholders. You will contribute to policy and strategic planning meetings and provide guidance on behalf of the Director.

Responsibilities

The Program Manager:

Highway Safety Program Specialist

Job Summary

This position is in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), External Affairs Administration, Vision Zero Division. The goal of the District’s Vision Zero Division is to identify, support, and implement projects and interventions that will eliminate traffic deaths, including roadway design changes, enforcement of critical safety laws, and raising public awareness of behaviors that will ensure safe roadways.

Program Manager

The NHTSA Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection is seeking a self-motivated and high performing professional to lead an exceptional team of dedicated safety specialists. The Impaired Driving Division Chief serves as principal staff advisor to the Office Director for directing and coordinating the Division’s programmatic activities and policy development associated with impaired driving. The position is located at NHTSA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Regional Policy Lead

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