Chapter 9.74


9.74.010    Unmuffled compression brakes prohibited.

9.74.010 Unmuffled compression brakes prohibited.

(1) Except as provided in this section, no person shall use motor vehicle unmuffled compression brakes within the city of Washougal, Washington. It shall be an affirmative defense that said unmuffled compression brakes were applied in an emergency to protect an immediate threat to the physical safety of persons and/or property.

(2) This section shall not apply to public safety vehicles of the city of Washougal or any other governmental agency or department, whether or not responding to an emergency.

(3) As used in this section, the term “compression brakes” means the use of the engine and transmission to retard the forward motion of a motor vehicle by compression of the engine. “Compression brakes” are also referred to as “jake brakes.”

(4) The city shall post at reasonable locations within the boundaries of the city of Washougal signs indicating “unmuffled compression brakes prohibited” or substantially similar wording.

(5) Violation of this section shall constitute a traffic infraction and punishable by a maximum penalty of $250.00 per violation. (Ord. 1530 § 1, 2005)