Heed the Signs, or Else…

As Western Washingtonians may have recently noticed, there are new highway signs going up all around the region. The first set of highway signs cover I-5 from the Boeing Access Road to the I-90 intersection, and are set to be officially lit up at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. There are at least two other sets of highway signs to be installed in the King County region in the relatively near future — Highway 520 (Fall 2010) and on I-90 (spring 2011), respectively. When the signs officially light-up, drivers best beware because if they don’t pay attention to the information posted on the signs they may get cited by law enforcement for committing a traffic violation.

The signs are regulatory in nature; in other words, all of the information posted on the signs is mandatory, not suggestive. The signs will display speed changes, direction arrows and “X’s” to let drivers know a lane is closed. There will be one sign above each lane on the freeway. If a driver chooses not to heed a signs mandate (i.e. reduce speed or stay out of specific lane), law enforcement will cite the driver for failing to obey our Washington State traffic laws. Failing to obey a traffic sign can result in a $124 fine and increased insurance premiums.

If you or a loved one is cited in Washington State for a traffic violation you should request a contested hearing and immediately contact a Seattle criminal defense attorney or a Bellevue criminal lawyer for advice and/or assistance. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified Seattle criminal lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those ticketed in and around Western Washington and the greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible.

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