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Welcome to Wisconsin! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Wisconsin. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
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.
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. Most convictions remain on driver records for five years from the date of conviction, except for serious offenses or alcohol-related convictions, which remain on the record for 55 years.
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.
Minimum liability coverage amounts are:
Drivers and owners of motor vehicles are required to show proof of insurance at traffic stops/accidents if requested by law enforcement.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when within 500 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
You are permitted to intermittently flash your vehicle's high-beam headlamps at an oncoming vehicle whose high-beam headlamps are lit.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Numerous specified violations when workers are present are subject to an enhanced fine. The minimum fine is twice the original minimum fine, and the maximum fine is twice the original maximum fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may pass a left-turning vehicle on the right only if you can do so while remaining on the roadway or on a paved shoulder.