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.
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:
|Attempting to elude an officer||6|
|Failure to perform duty after accident||6|
|Operating while revoked or suspended||3|
|Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs||6|
|Reckless driving or racing||6|
|Speeding 20 mph or more over limit||6|
|Violation of occupational license||6|
|Deviating from traffic lane||4|
|Driving on wrong side of highway or street||4|
|Failure to yield right of way||4|
|Failure to yield to emergency vehicle||4|
|Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control||4|
|Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing||4|
|Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit||4|
|Arterial or traffic control violation||3|
|Driving wrong way on one way street||3|
|Failure to dim lights||3|
|Failure to give proper signal||3|
|Following too closely||3|
|Improper brakes or lights||3|
|Operating with expired license or without any license||3|
|Operating with multiple licenses||3|
|Prohibited or illegal turn||3|
|Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit||3|
|Violation of restriction||3|
|Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer||2|
|License not in person’s immediate possession||0|
|No registration plate light||0|
|Commercial motor vehicle convictions||Points|
|Operating while disqualified||6|
|Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 causing injury||6|
|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 vehicle||3|
|Unlawful commercial motor vehicle license or endorsement||3|
|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 content||0|
|Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 and not causing injury||0|
|Headlights not lit (daylight hours 0 points)||3|
|No cycle license||3|
|Defective or repaired handlebars||2|
|More than 2 riders (operator)||2|
|No eye protection (operator)||2|
|No protective headgear||0|
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 [email protected] 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.