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Winter Recreational ParkingAs winter comes to a close, you may want to get out for one last excursion to enjoy the snow.  If you are one to enjoy the snow in a recreational vehicle, you should know the winter recreational parking laws in Washington. Note that you are not allowed to park your vehicle in a winter recreation parking area without displaying a special winter recreations area parking permit.  You are only allowed to park in these designated zones if you have the permit, are directed by a police officer or other authorized person to park in the area, to avoid conflict with other traffic. Failure to comply with this statute is a civil infraction and you will be responsible for any penalties, such as a monetary fine, you receive due to the violation.

The Rules of the Road for Washington regarding winter recreational parking areas are as follows:

RCW 46.61.585: Winter recreational parking areas—Special permit required.

Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall park a vehicle in an area designated by an official sign that it is a winter recreational parking area unless such vehicle displays, in accordance with regulations adopted by the parks and recreation commission, a special winter recreational area parking permit or permits.

RCW 46.61.587: Winter recreational parking areas—Penalty.

Any violation of RCW 79A.05.240 or 46.61.585 or any rule adopted by the parks and recreation commission to enforce the provisions thereof is a civil infraction as provided in chapter 7.84 RCW.

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