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Racing in Washington State is a gross misdemeanor, and is very similar to the charge of Reckless Driving. In fact, some conduct that would qualify as Racing also qualifies as Reckless Driving, such as driving at extremely high speeds in a non-sanctioned drag race. The punishments for Racing are the same as Reckless Driving, and include at least a 30 day suspension of a driver’s license.
As far as racing is concerned, the speed is irrelevant. Technically, Racing can occur at speeds under the posted speed limits.
RCW 46.61.530, the Racing statute, says: "No person or persons may race any motor vehicle or motor vehicles upon any public highway of this state. Any person or persons who willfully [sic] compare or contest relative speeds by operation of one or more motor vehicles shall be guilty of racing, which shall constitute reckless driving under RCW 46.61.500, whether or not such speed is in excess of the maximum speed prescribed by law"
There is an exception to the racing statutes, which states "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 racing."
Ashbach Law Offices, LLC has history successfully representing people charged with Racing charges.
If you, or someone you care about, has been charged (or may be) with Racing in King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, or Whatcom County, call Ashbach Law Offices, LLC today at (360) 659-4950 for a free, no-pressure case evaluation.
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