Traffic Law Information

If you have been arrested for a traffic violation in Wisconsin, you could be facing a very serious charge. Traffic violations could result in fines, court costs, loss of driver's license, higher insurance costs and even time in jail. Your ability to find and keep employment may also be at risk.

Don't take a chance on your future. A qualified and experienced attorney who knows traffic defense can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

Wisconsin's point system

Demerit points are assessed to drivers when convicted of a moving violation, beginning on the date of the violation.

The courts send the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicles records of all convictions for moving traffic violations.

Persons who hold a probationary license are assessed double points for the second and all subsequent points.

When 12 or more demerit points are accumulated in one year, a suspension of the driver privilege is required, for a minimum of two months.

Convictions remain on the driver records for five years from the date of conviction. However, alcohol related and some commercial violations remain on the record for 10 years to life.

Reducing points

The point total may be reduced by three points for attending an approved traffic safety course.

Only one reduction is allowed in a three year period for points assessed to the A, B, C, D classification.

One reduction of three points is also allowed in a three year period for points assessed for class M (Motorcycle) violations.

Points assessed for convictions

Convictions and the points assessed include, but are not limited to the following:

Regular convictionsPoints
Attempting to elude an officer6
Failure to perform duty after accident6
Operating while revoked or suspended3
Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs6
Reckless driving or racing6
Speeding 20 mph or more over limit6
Violation of occupational license6
Deviating from traffic lane4
Driving on wrong side of highway or street4
Failure to yield right of way4
Failure to yield to emergency vehicle4
Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control4
Inattentive driving4
Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing4
Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit4
Unnecessary acceleration4
Arterial or traffic control violation3
Driving wrong way on one way street3
Failure to dim lights3
Failure to give proper signal3
Following too closely3
Illegal passing3
Improper brakes or lights3
Operating with expired license or without any license3
Operating with multiple licenses3
Prohibited or illegal turn3
Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit3
Violation of restriction3
Obstructing traffic2
Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer2
License not in person's immediate possession0
No registration plate light0
Commercial motor vehicle convictionsPoints
Operating while disqualified6
Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 causing injury6
Commercial speeding in excess (20 or more mph over limit)6
Commercial speeding intermediate (15 through 19 mph over limit)4
Possession of intoxicating beverage while operating or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle3
Unlawful commercial motor vehicle license or endorsement3
Operating a commercial motor vehicle or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle while having any measured alcohol concentration above 0.0 but less than 0.04 or within 4 hours of having consumed or having been under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, regardless of alcohol content0
Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 and not causing injury0
Motorcycle convictionsPoints
Headlights not lit (daylight hours 0 points)3
No cycle license3
Defective or repaired handlebars2
More than 2 riders (operator)2
No eye protection (operator)2
No protective headgear0

A complete listing of driver license charges and the points assessed can be obtained by downloading BDS108 (263 KB) Driver Licensing Abbreviation Codes with Charge & Points or Driver Licensing Conviction Charge Codes & Points with Statute Numbers BDS109

Contact (608) 266-2353 or driverrecords.dmv@dot.state.wi.us for more information. (Include your driver license number and date of birth.)

Chapter Trans 101,Wisconsin Administrative Code provides complete details on the Wisconsin Point System.

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