Chapter 46.61 RCW

RULES OF THE ROAD

Sections
OBEDIENCE TO AND EFFECT OF TRAFFIC LAWS
Chapter refers to vehicles upon highwaysExceptions.
Obedience to police officers, flaggers, or firefightersPenalty.
Refusal to give information to or cooperate with officerPenalty.
Duty to obey law enforcement officerAuthority of officer.
Failure to obey officerPenalty.
Attempting to elude police vehicleDefenseLicense revocation.
Persons riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles.
Persons working on highway right-of-wayExceptions.
Authorized emergency vehicles.
TRAFFIC SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND MARKINGS
Obedience to and required traffic control devices.
Traffic control signal legend.
Pedestrian control signals.
Flashing signals.
Lane-direction-control signals.
Special traffic control signalsLegend.
Display of unauthorized signs, signals, or markings.
Interference with official traffic-control devices or railroad signs or signals.
Traffic control signals or devices upon city streets forming part of state highwaysApproval by department of transportation.
DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY
OVERTAKING AND PASSINGUSE OF ROADWAY
Keep right except when passing, etc.
Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions.
Overtaking on the left.
When overtaking on the right is permitted.
Limitations on overtaking on the left.
Further limitations on driving to left of center of roadway.
Pedestrians and bicyclistsLegal duties.
No-passing zones.
One-way roadways and rotary traffic islands.
Driving on roadways laned for traffic.
Following too closely.
Driving on divided highways.
Restricted access.
Restrictions on limited-access highwayUse by bicyclists.
High occupancy vehicle lanesDefinition.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
Vehicle approaching intersection.
Nonfunctioning signal lights.
Bicycle, moped, or street legal motorcycle at intersection with inoperative vehicle detection device.
Vehicle turning left.
Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.
Arterial highways designatedStopping on entering.
Stop intersections other than arterial may be designated.
Stopping when traffic obstructed.
Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway.
Operation of vehicles on approach of emergency vehicles.
Approaching emergency zonesPenaltyViolation.
Highway construction and maintenance.
Transit vehicles.
PEDESTRIANS' RIGHTS AND DUTIES
Pedestrians subject to traffic regulations.
Crosswalks.
Crossing at other than crosswalks.
Drivers to exercise care.
Pedestrians on roadways.
Pedestrians soliciting rides or business.
Driving through safety zone prohibited.
Sidewalks, crosswalksPedestrians, bicycles.
Pedestrians yield to emergency vehicles.
Pedestrians under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Passing beyond bridge or grade crossing barrier prohibited.
Reporting of certain speed zone violationsSubsequent law enforcement investigation.
TURNING AND STARTING AND SIGNALS
ON STOPPING AND TURNING
Required position and method of turning at intersections.
"U" turns.
Starting parked vehicle.
When signals requiredImproper use prohibited.
Signals by hand and arm or signal lamps.
Method of giving hand and arm signals.
SPECIAL STOPS REQUIRED
Approaching train signal.
All vehicles must stop at certain railroad grade crossings.
Certain vehicles must stop at all railroad grade crossingsExceptionsDefinition.
Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossingsNotice of intended crossing.
Emerging from alley, driveway, or building.
Overtaking or meeting school bus, exceptionsDuties of bus driverPenaltySafety cameras.
School bus stop sign violatorsIdentification by vehicle owner.
School bus stop sign violatorsReport by bus driverLaw enforcement investigation.
Overtaking or meeting private carrier busDuties of bus driver.
Rules for design, marking, and mode of operating school buses.
School patrolAppointmentAuthorityFinanceInsurance.
SPEED RESTRICTIONS
Basic rule and maximum limits.
Decreases by secretary of transportation.
Increases by secretary of transportationMaximum speed limit for trucksAuto stagesSigns and notices.
When local authorities may establish or alter maximum limits.
Private roadsSpeed enforcement.
Minimum speed regulationPassing slow moving vehicle.
Slow-moving vehicle to pull off roadway.
Slow-moving vehicle driving on shoulders, when.
Authority of secretary of transportation to fix speed limits on limited access facilities exclusiveLocal regulations.
Local authorities to provide "stop" or "yield" signs at intersections with increased speed highwaysDesignated as arterials.
Maximum speed limit when passing school or playground crosswalksPenalty, disposition of proceeds.
Due care required.
Maximum speed, weight, or size in traversing bridges, elevated structures, tunnels, underpassesPosting limits.
Vehicles with solid or hollow cushion tires.
Special speed limitation on motor-driven cycle.
Exceeding speed limit evidence of reckless driving.
Speed traps defined, certain types permittedMeasured courses, speed measuring devices, timing from aircraft.
Determination of maximum speed on nonlimited access state highways within tribal reservation boundaries.
RECKLESS DRIVING, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE,
VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND ASSAULT
Reckless drivingPenalty.
Driving under the influence.
Driver under twenty-one consuming alcohol or marijuanaPenalties.
Physical control of vehicle under the influence.
Alcohol violatorsAdditional feeDistribution.
Alcohol and drug violatorsPenalty schedule.
Alcohol violatorsInformation schoolEvaluation and treatment.
Alcohol or marijuana violatorsMandatory appearancesElectronic monitoring or alcohol abstinence monitoring.
Alcohol violatorsVehicle seizure and forfeiture.
Persons under influence of intoxicating liquor or drugEvidenceTestsInformation concerning tests.
Arrest upon driving under the influence or being in physical control of vehicle under the influence, notation required if child is presentArrest upon drug or alcohol-related driving offense, child protective services notified if child is present and operator is child's parent, guardian, or custodian.
Liability of medical personnel withdrawing blood.
Criminal history and driving record.
SentencesIntermittent fulfillmentRestrictions.
Attendance at program focusing on victims.
Qualified probation department defined.
Refusal of testAdmissibility as evidence.
Alcoholic beveragesDrinking or open container in vehicle on highwayExceptions.
Local ordinances not prohibited.
Disguising alcoholic beverage container.
Vehicular homicidePenalty.
Vehicular assaultPenalty.
Vehicular homicide, assaultRevocation of driving privilegeEligibility for reinstatement.
Negligent drivingFirst degree.
Negligent drivingSecond degree.
Negligent drivingSecond degreeVulnerable user victimPenaltiesDefinitions.
Roadway construction zones.
Racing of vehicles on highwaysReckless drivingException.
Advertising of unlawful speedReckless driving.
"Drugs," what included.
STOPPING, STANDING, AND PARKING
Stopping, standing, or parking outside business or residence districts.
Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified placesReserving portion of highway prohibited.
Additional parking regulations.
Regulations governing parking facilities.
Parking spaces for persons with disabilitiesIndication, accessFailure, penalty.
Free parking for persons with disabilitiesExceptions.
Special plate or card issued by another jurisdiction.
Winter recreational parking areasSpecial permit required.
Winter recreational parking areasPenalty.
Unattended motor vehicleRemoval from highway.
MISCELLANEOUS RULES
Unattended motor vehicle.
Limitations on backing.
Driving on sidewalk prohibitedException.
Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.
Riding on motorcycles.
MotorcyclesMaximum height for handlebars.
Riding on motorcyclesPosition of feet.
MotorcyclesTemporary suspension of restrictions for parades or public demonstrations.
Riding on motorcyclesClinging to other vehicles.
Obstructions to driver's view or driving mechanism.
Opening and closing vehicle doors.
Riding in trailers or towed vehicles.
Coasting prohibited.
Following fire apparatus prohibited.
Crossing fire hose.
Throwing materials on highway prohibitedRemoval.
Dropping load, other materialsCovering.
Carrying persons or animals on outside part of vehicle.
Embracing another while driving.
Using a wireless communications device or handheld mobile telephone while driving.
Sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving.
Driving with wheels off roadway.
Causing or permitting vehicle to be unlawfully operated.
Lowering passenger vehicle below legal clearancePenalty.
Leaving children unattended in standing vehicle with motor runningPenalty.
Child passenger restraint requiredConditionsExceptionsPenalty for violationDismissalNoncompliance not negligenceImmunity.
Child passenger safety technicianImmunity.
Safety belts, use requiredPenaltiesExemptions.
Child restraints, seat beltsEducational campaign.
Violations relating to toll facilitiesException.
Parent or guardian shall not authorize or permit violation by a child or ward.
Off-road motorcycles.
Mopeds, EPAMDs, electric-assisted bicycles, motorized foot scootersGeneral requirements and operation.
MopedsSafety standards.
Medium-speed electric vehicles.
Neighborhood electric vehicles.
Wheelchair conveyances.
Ferry queuesViolationsExemptions.
Theft of motor vehicle fuel.
Possessing or consuming marijuana in vehicle on highwayPenalty, exceptionsDefinition.
OPERATION OF NONMOTORIZED VEHICLES
Effect of regulationsPenalty.
Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles.
Hand signals.
Riding on bicycles.
Clinging to vehicles.
Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
Carrying articles.
Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.
Intoxicated bicyclists.
Recodification of sectionsOrganization of chapterConstruction.
NOTES:
Additional statutory assessments: RCW 3.62.090.
Limited access highways, turning, parking violations: RCW 47.52.120.
Traffic signal preemption devices, use of: RCW 46.37.670 through 46.37.675.