Safety Laws in Washington
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Helmets are required, regardless of age.
Helmet laws vary with each municipality.
Headlights must be turned on:
- A half hour after sunset until at least a half hour before sunrise.
- When visibility, due to extreme weather conditions, becomes limited.
Daytime headlight use is required.
Cell phone restrictions:
- All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from using hand-held cell phones.
- All learner permit and intermediate license holders are banned from all cell phone use.
- All drivers are banned from texting while behind the wheel.
- Kids one year and under, or who weigh 20 pounds or less, must ride in a rear-facing child safety seat.
- Kids between the ages of one and four, or who weigh from 20 to 40 pounds must ride in forward-facing child safety seat.
- Kids between the ages of four and six, or who weigh between 40 and 60 pounds must be secured in a booster seat.
- Kids six or older and who weigh over 60 pounds must wear a seat belt or ride in a booster seat.
If you suspect a driver of being a road-menace, dial either 911 or (800) 28DRUNK. Provide as much information as possible, including the vehicle's location and direction, license plate number and make and model. Do not attempt to stop the suspected vehicle on your own.
It is a misdemeanor to leave any child under 16 unattended in a standing vehicle with the engine running. Any subsequent violations will result in having your license revoked.
If you suspect an unattended child in a vehicle of being in danger contact the local police department.
If you suspect that an unattended pet left inside a vehicle is exhibiting signs of heat stress, contact either the police or an animal care unit.
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- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It
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