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New Street Racer Laws

The WA State Legislature passed new laws on reckless driving or “street racing” which will aid law enforcement in deterring unsafe behavior on our roadways.

RCW 46.61.530 Racing of Vehicles on Highways-Reckless Driving has been updated to include reckless driving on any “off-street facility”

It also states Any person or persons who willfully compare or contest relative speeds by operation of one or more motor vehicles or who willfully demonstrates, exhibits, or compares speed, maneuverability, or the power of one or more motor vehicles, including “drifting,” shall be guilty of racing, which shall constitute reckless driving under RCW 46.61.500.

Notice it doesn’t say speeding. If you are sliding through a corner, doing burnouts, drifting, dragging tail, fish tailing, popping a wheelie or any other “showing off” type of driving you are in violation of this law and can be cited or arrested for Reckless Driving.

Washington State experienced its highest total fatalities on the roadway since early 1990 when safety in vehicles was far less advanced than it is today. The state has been going in the wrong direction and we want to keep everyone safe on the roadway, including the people who are violating the law.