Even experienced drivers may need to refresh their knowledge of the local driving rules. Reviewing the law can also help you plan your next steps after a car accident or traffic ticket.
States across the U.S. create their own traffic laws, and so does Washington, D.C. Read more about D.C. law and infractions in this article. You can also find services and tips for motorists through the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The Washington, D.C. Code for Drivers
The traffic laws consist of statutes in Title 50 of the District of Columbia Code plus separate municipal regulations. See the chart below for links to specific driving rules.
Penalties for Common Traffic Violations
You can face a variety of penalties for breaking a D.C. traffic law, such as:
- Speeding: $50 to $500 in civil fines and three to five driver's license points based on miles above the speed limit
- Reckless driving: up to a $500 fine, six points, and 90 days in jail with higher penalties for aggravated reckless driving that causes injury
- Driving without a license: up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail
- Failure to yield right of way: $65 to $250 in fines and up to six points depending on whether the other party was a pedestrian in a crosswalk, a regular car, or an emergency vehicle
If you get 10 or 11 total points on your driving record, you will face license suspension for 90 days. At 12 points, the District of Columbia can revoke your license for six months or more.
Criminal offenses have harsher consequences than a simple traffic infraction. For example, a driving under the influence (DUI) or hit-and-run offense requires law enforcement to issue an automatic license revocation. The jail time and fines can increase significantly for criminal traffic cases in the Superior Court.
Pulled Over in D.C.? Call A Lawyer
A citation from a police officer doesn't always have to stay on a driver's record. Learn about your options with a District of Columbia traffic lawyer. You may be able to reduce your license points or challenge a ticket before facing penalties.