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Speeding tickets don’t apply to everyone in Washington State?

The Washington State Patrol takes the position the Legislators are protected during session and 15 days before the session from being served civil infractions also known as speeding tickets.

The Washington State Constitution Article II, Section 16 states:

SECTION 16 PRIVILEGES FROM ARREST. Members of the legislature shall be privileged from arrest in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace; they shall not be subject to any civil process during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement of each session. 

So yes, if you become a legislator you’re immune from getting tickets by the Washington State patrol 15 days before the legislature starts and during the legislative session.

The reason behind the decision is that detaining them on the roadside, even for only a couple of minutes could prevent them from getting to the Capitol to vote.

If you need help fighting a speeding ticket, or with any traffic infractions, contact us today. Blanford Law is experienced in handling traffic infractions and DUI or alcohol-related offenses for clients in the Roslyn and Tacoma area.

Blanford Law firm has been helping clients in Washington State for years and has become a trusted advocate for client rights.