Washington State DUI

Seattle Municipal Code Provisions

Seattle Reckless Driving & Street Racing

SMC 11.56.120 Reckless driving.

A. Any person who drives any vehicle in the City in wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

B. No person or persons may race any motor vehicle or motor vehicles upon any street, alley or way open to the public of the City.

C. Any person or persons who wilfully compare or contest relative speeds by operation of one (1) or more motor vehicles is guilty of reckless driving, whether or not such speed is in excess of the maximum speed prescribed by law; provided however, that any comparison or contest of the accuracy with which motor vehicles may be operated in terms of relative speeds not in excess of the posted maximum speed does not constitute reckless driving.

SMC 11.30.105 Impoundment of vehicle where driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C or Section 11.56.020 -- Period of impoundment.

A. Whenever the driver of a vehicle who is also the registered owner of the vehicle is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.020, 11.56.320 B or C, the vehicle is subject to impoundment at the direction of a police officer. For purposes of this subsection, "arrested" includes, but is not limited to, being temporarily detained under Section 12A.02.140 B and served with a citation and notice to appear pursuant to Section 12A.02.140 C and RCW 46.64.015.

B. Reserved.

C. Reserved.

D. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has not been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for thirty (30) days.

E. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has been convicted one (1) time of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance once within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for sixty (60) days.

F. If a vehicle is impounded because the driver is arrested for a violation of Section 11.56.320 B or C and the Washington Department of Licensing's records show that the driver has been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342(1)(a) or (b) or similar local ordinance two (2) or more times within the past five (5) years, the vehicle shall be impounded for ninety (90) days.


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