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Welcome to Washington! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Washington. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Washington does not have a point system, but traffic violations are still recorded on your driving record.
If you drive a vehicle that is required to be registered in Washington State, you must have one of the following:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
In Washington, not only is it a traffic infraction to possess or drink an alcoholic beverage while in a motor vehicle on a highway, but there is a separate and additional violation if an alcoholic beverage is disguised so as to drink or possess in a motor vehicle.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.