At least 2 or 3 times a week we receive calls at Rick’s office asking about the difference between a non-moving and moving violation. We thought we would dedicate this week’s blog post to what the differences are and hopefully give everyone some insight into traffic violations.
Click it or Ticket
We all have seen the campaign “Click it or Ticket” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on helping drivers to remember to fasten their seat belt when they get into a vehicle to drive. However, there are instances where you just forget to put your seat belt on, and the next thing you know you are being pulled over by the Washington State Patrol, and the officer is giving you a traffic ticket for failure to wear a safety belt. Of course your first concern is your driving record and how this traffic ticket is going to affect your insurance rates.
Traffic and Non Traffic Citations
As the officer hands you the ticket for failure to wear a safety belt you notice at the top of the ticket there is a small box that is check marked “traffic”. You immediately decide, that you are going to call Rick’s office because you want to fight the ticket in court and hire Rick for his services. Rick answers the phone and explains to you that the ticket is considered a non-moving violation and as long as you do not have a commercial driver license, that Rick’s advice is to go ahead and pay the ticket because it is considered a non-moving violation and it should not affect your car insurance rates.
You tell Rick that the box is marked “traffic” so it has to be a traffic violation. Yes, it is considered a traffic violation, however there are moving violations and non-moving violations. Rick then explains to you according to WAC 308-104-160 the term "moving violation" means any violation of vehicle laws listed in this section that is committed by the driver of a vehicle, while the vehicle is moving. Parking violations, equipment violations or paperwork violations relating to insurance, registration, licensing and inspection are considered "non-moving violations”. You then mention to Rick that you are concerned about your insurance rates, Rick then reassures you that it is considered a non-moving violation and according to RCW 46.61.688 a person violating the safety belt law will be issued a traffic infraction. If a committed finding is found for the safety belt violation it shall be reported on the driver’s abstract but shall not be available to insurance companies or employers.
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If you’ve just received a traffic ticket and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call or drop us an email, we’ll get right back to you.
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