Traffic and Parking Enforcement (includes Fines & Impound)

Campus Public Safety Officers patrol the campus (including North Campus) on foot, bicycles and in patrol vehicles. Officers initiate making vehicle stops for violations of traffic laws, which are applicable on all campus properties. Enforcement action may include a disciplinary referral to the Dean of Students or enforcement action including citation and arrest depending on the specific violation, incident and totality of the circumstances.

Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle is a separate criminal offense. You are required by state law to yield to a campus Public Safety emergency vehicle whenever it displays emergency lights and/or activates its siren. Campus patrol cars are fully marked with public safety markings, emergency lights and sirens.

Enforcement action is taken to enforce state traffic laws which include, but are not limited to speeding, negligent or reckless driving, failing to obey a traffic control device (stop sign), failing to yield to pedestrians, and all other traffic laws. If an officer stops you, you are required to identify yourself. Failure to do so can result in both disciplinary action being initiated as well as enforcement action up to and including arrest and impounding of your vehicle.

Traffic Fine Summary

Bellevue College issues citations to ensure an open, safe and accessible learning and working environment. The fine schedule is determined in accordance with regional standards and to assure compliance.

 

ViolationFine Amount
No Valid Parking Permit Displayed$25
Improperly Displayed Parking Permit$25
Parked Over Designated Time Limit$25
Parked In 2 Or More Spaces$25
Parked in Area Not Designated For Parking$25
Failure To Stop For Pedestrian$25
Parked In Area Not Authorized$50
Parked On Or Blocking Walkway$50
Parked In Marked No Parking Area/Landscape$50
Parked In Reserved Area Without Special Permit$50
Parked in Marked Fire Lane$50
Driving Without Valid License$50
Blocking Or Impeding Traffic$50
Failure To Stop For Sign / Signal$50
Displaying Unauthorized / Stolen / Forged Permit$60
Speeding$80
Reckless Or Negligent Driving (40MPH+)$150
Illegal Distribution Of Literature On College Premises$150
Illegal Dumping On College Premises$150
Parked In ADA Stall Without Valid Placard$250
Other Violations$25

Impounding and Towing

In the event that a vehicle has violated the rules defined in Bellevue College Policy 6200 and Procedure 6200P, the Public Safety Department is fully authorized to take immediate action. Under certain circumstances, Bellevue College Public Safety Department is authorized to tow and impound vehicles in violation of Federal, State, or City laws or Policy 6200.

Bellevue College shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from impound, transportation, or storage. All related expenses are the sole responsibility of the vehicle’s owner or operator.

Violations warranting immediate impound include but are not limited to one or more of the following:

  • Blocking a roadway so as to impede the flow of traffic
  • Blocking a walkway so as to impede the flow of pedestrian traffic
  • Blocking a fire hydrant or fire lane
  • Blocking another legally parked vehicle
  • Parking in a marked “Tow Away” zone
  • Creating a safety hazard in the opinion of a Public Safety officer

Impound Warning Recipients & Abandoned and/or Unattended Vehicles

The Public Safety Department will place one (1) impound warning upon any vehicles which have accumulated three (3) or more citations. After forty-eight (48) hours have passed since an impound warning was placed on any given vehicle, Public Safety has the authority to contact the towing company under contract to service the campus to immediately tow and impound the vehicle. Only the Director of the Public Safety Department has the authority to forcibly tow and/or impound vehicles on Bellevue College property.

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Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information on this page, please contact the Bellevue College Public Safety Department by phone at (425) 564-2400 or in person in D171. Alternatively, you can contact one of our Parking Administrators via e-mail.

Last Updated August 18, 2016