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Wheels over the line when driving? You can be stopped for this

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Is it a traffic violation when the wheels of your car briefly cross over the travel lane one time? It is when cited for “Driving with Wheels Off Roadway” in violation of RCW 46.61.670, according to the Washington Court of Appeals-Division Three in a recent decision.

Ms Erica Alvarez was stopped by a Washington State Patrol trooper after her car wheels briefly traveled over the fog line and into an area not designated as a roadway. Even though this was a brief and minor incursion, the Court held that under the “Driving with Wheels Off Roadway” statute, this was sufficient to justify a traffic stop.

State of Washington v. Erica Magallon Alvarez, No. 34711-7-III

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