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Winter Chain Violations

Winter Chain Requirements

Washington law has special rules for vehicles with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds.  For such vehicles, the law requires the use of chains when traffic control signs are marked "Chains Required," as well as when signs are marked "Traction Tires Required. "  In addition, all such vehicles must carry a minimum of two extra chains for use in the event that road conditions worsen or road chains break between November 1 and April 1 of each year, even if the road conditions will not require the use of chains. Such chains must not be plastic and must adhere to requirements set forth by state statute.  WAC 204-24-050.  

You should know that it is not a defense that there was no place to pull over to put on your chains.  Do not make any admissions or excuses as to why you did not have chains on!

Being located in Kittitas County where Snoqualmie Pass (I90) is located, we help a significant number of CDL drivers each year between November to April with these violations for both failing to carry chains during these months and for failing to use chains when required. We are familiar with defending these infractions and encourage you to contact us if you have received a ticket for either of these violations.

Contact Heritage Law Office Today

We serve clients in Kittitas County and throughout Eastern, Central and Western Washington.  For a free consultation, contact our law office in Cle Elum.  For assistance, call 509-899-5375 or by email.

Counties We Serve

We serve counties and cities throughout Washington State, including Kittitas, Benton, Chelan, Okanogan, Othello, Ritzville, Spokane, Walla Walla, and Yakima. Contact Heritage Law Office for more information.