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Washington State Snow And Traction Restrictions Have Arrived

King County – The Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division wants drivers to protect themselves and their passengers while traveling over our States Mountain passes this year. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic.

After last years unprecedented three pass closures, and the increase amount of cross state commercial vehicle traffic, it is imperative that the chain law requirements are strictly adhere too in hopes to mitigate the amount of economic impact but more importantly the safety aspects associated with passenger and
commercial vehicle related incidents caused by drivers who are either ill prepared or blatantly choose to ignore the chain law.

Strict enforcement of the chain carry requirement will be conducted and Commercial Truck drivers in violation can be cited $500.00 and NOT allowed to proceed into the mountain pass zone until in compliance. This included those drivers that had the proper number of chains but failed to have the proper number of chains (2) to meet the spare chain requirement.

Commercial Vehicle Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Officers will also be proactively doing “ Sleeper” enforcement on those CMV drivers choosing to sleep in the designated chain areas either to wait out the storm (so they do not have to chain) or who wish to use it as a rest stop instead of finding a safe location off the

The links below will assist in assuring all chain requirements are met and too increases safe travels

For more information on chain requirements for commercial vehicles over 10,001 pounds, please visit restrictions/commercial-vehicle-chain requirements

For more information on WSP chain requirements, WSDOT’s winter programs, car emergency kits and ways to prepare your vehicle for winter, please visit

WSDOT is also offering traffic and travel information on your cell phone or PDA. Drivers will now be able to access the popular Seattle area traffic flow map, ferry schedules, mountain pass reports, and current travel times from their PDAs or cell phones by logging on to

Please contact Sergeant Ross at [email protected] with any questions.


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