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Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

DWLS 3 Update: Definition of moving violation still pending

In the 2012 legislative session, a bill passed reforming Washington’s approach to civil traffic infractions. SB 6284 states that the Department of Licensing (DOL) is no longer required to suspend licenses for those who fail to pay their fines for non-moving violations. This change is expected to reduce the number of DWLS 3 cases that take up considerable resources in local courts. The change will take effect June 1, 2013.

The bill called for DOL, in consultation with the Administrative Office of the Courts, to develop and maintain rules defining a moving violation. This list was to be completed by November 1, 2012; however, it appears that DOL was unable to make that deadline and continues to work on a definition.

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