Washington D.C.'s graduated licensing program known as "GRAD" (Gradual Rearing of Adult Drivers) allows young drivers between the ages of 16 and 21 to gain driving experience with certain restrictions in place. As the new driver reaches various milestones they are allowed to graduate to a more permissive license level and eventually attain a full unrestricted license.
Handheld cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all District of Columbia drivers. All cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) is prohibited for District of Columbia school bus drivers and for novice drivers.
Basic Speed Law: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. D.C. Code § § 40-703(a)(6) & 40-712(a) Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit A first time violator may be:
A disabled driver is entitled to a disabled license plate or placard in the District of Columbia. To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as “handicapped stickers”) in the District of Columbia, the applicant must meet one of the following medical conditions:
Running a stop sign or red light is one of the most common moving violations (especially popular when police officers must meet their ticket quotas for the month). Here are the basics on the enforcement, defenses and penalties for this offense in the District of Columbia.