Automated tailgating enforcement isn’t dependent on someone inventing new technology; it’s up to citizens and their elected officials to decide if it is a tool they want to use to help make our roads safer.
The Revised Code of Washington has several laws that apply to driving on the shoulder of the road. Unfortunately, it’s usually not legal to do so, even if you’re waiting in a backup at the border and not going to Canada.
Usually people ask how fast they can go without getting a ticket. Most roads don’t have an official minimum speed limit, but Washington state does have a couple of laws that address driving at speeds slower than the posted speed limit.
Bellingham doesn’t have a fleet of sidewalk checkers roaming the city in search of uneven pavement problems. Instead, it relies on reports from people who use the sidewalks and bike lanes to let them know when they encounter a problem.
In Whatcom County, Bellingham and Blaine include sections in their municipal codes that prohibit parking in front of mailboxes, and Ferndale may soon pass one. But the Revised Code of Washington makes no mention of it.
Despite laws in Washington state aimed at reducing distracted driving, it appears many drivers still believe they can multi-task and talk or text on the phone. Studies have shown that multi-tasking lowers your ability and can be dangerous.
Washington state law requires drivers to yield to transit buses that have signaled their intention to enter traffic. If a bus is pulled off the roadway to pick up passengers you can legally pass the bus until it turns on its signal.
When cyclists ride on the sidewalk, they assume the same rights and responsibilities as pedestrians. At an intersection they should use the crosswalk, but in Washington, the law doesn’t require cyclists to get off their bikes.
Doug Dahl, the Target Zero Manager for the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force, interviews Whatcom County Sheriff's Deputy Lonnie Bauman about efforts to crack down on tailgating to make area roads safer.