2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
August 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Spiros, Kulp, VanderMeer,
Mursau and Tusler, cosponsored by Senators Petrowski, Olsen,
Marklein and Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to amend
347.24 (2); and
347.30 (3) of the statutes; relating
2to: lighting requirements for animal-drawn vehicles operated on highways.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, no animal-drawn vehicle may be operated on a highway
during hours of darkness unless the vehicle is equipped with at least one white light
visible from a distance of 500 feet ahead and two red lights visible from 500 feet to
This bill requires that, in addition to the white headlight and the red rear lights,
such vehicles must be equipped with rear flashing yellow or amber strobe lights. The
bill also requires that the lights on an animal-drawn vehicle be illuminated during
periods of inclement weather.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
347.24 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
No person may operate on a highway during hours of darkness or
5during periods of inclement weather
a vehicle drawn by an animal unless the vehicle
is equipped with at least one lighted lamp or lantern exhibiting a
white light visible 2
from a distance of 500 feet ahead and 2 lighted lamps or lanterns exhibiting
red light 3lights and 2 yellow or amber strobe lights
visible from a distance of 500 feet to the 4
rear and. The red rear lights shall be
mounted in such a manner as to indicate the 5
extreme width of the vehicle. The yellow or amber strobe lights shall be mounted not
6more than 6 inches from the lateral extremities of the vehicle.
347.30 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding sub. (2), on or after the effective date of this 9
subsection .... [LRB inserts date], and before 6 months after the effective date of this 10
subsection .... [LRB inserts date], if a person violates s. 347.24 (2) by operating on a 11
highway during hours of darkness a vehicle that is drawn by an animal and that is 12
not equipped with 2 yellow or amber strobe lights visible from a distance of 500 feet 13
to the rear and mounted not more than 6 inches from the lateral extremities of the 14
vehicle, a law enforcement officer shall issue the person a warning notice and may 15
not issue a citation.