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 / 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
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
Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission partnered with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance's (CPAA's) Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) for a campaign warning teens about the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving.
Following a recent string of pedestrian fatalities in Kent, Washington, this article profiles the issue, using GHSA's report on 2018 pedestrian fatality trends for national context.
Story by Steve Hunter
March 14, 2019