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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
September 29, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Bernier, Petrowski,
Kooyenga, Litjens, Petryk, C. Taylor, Van Roy
and Wynn, cosponsored by
Senators Olsen, Schultz and Lassa. Referred to Committee on
Transportation.
AB291,1,4 1An Act to amend 343.07 (7); and to create 343.07 (1g) (dm), 343.07 (4) (b) 3. and
2343.085 (2m) (a) 3. of the statutes; relating to: restrictions on the operation of
3motor vehicles by persons holding instruction permits or probationary licenses
4and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Transportation (DOT) may issue an
instruction permit to a person who is at least 15 years and 6 months of age, who has
passed a knowledge test, who, if under 18 years of age, has enrolled in an approved
driver education and training course, and who, except for age or lack of training in
the operation of a motor vehicle, is qualified to obtain an operator's license. The
permit remains valid for 12 months unless cancelled by DOT. The permit authorizes
the person to operate most motor vehicles (excluding commercial motor vehicles,
school buses, and Type 1 motorcycles), subject to certain restrictions, including
restrictions related to persons required to accompany the permittee while operating
a motor vehicle, persons who may be passengers in a motor vehicle operated by the
permittee, and hours during which the permittee may operate a motor vehicle.
Under current law, a person who is at least 16 years of age and who is otherwise
qualified (including having passed a knowledge test and, if under 18 years of age,
having completed a driver education and training course and a basic motorcycle rider
course) may obtain a Type 1 motorcycle instruction permit. The permit is valid for
six months but may be renewed. The permit authorizes the person to operate a Type
1 motorcycle subject to certain restrictions related to persons who may accompany

the permittee on a motorcycle and hours during which the permittee may operate a
motorcycle.
This bill creates an additional restriction that a person operating a motor
vehicle under an instruction permit may not operate the motor vehicle, and a person
operating a motorcycle under a motorcycle instruction permit may not operate the
motorcycle, while using a cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications
device (cellular telephone), except to report an emergency.
Under current law, a probationary license is, with certain exceptions, issued to
all applicants who qualify for an original driver's license and remains in effect for two
years from the date of the licensee's next birthday. During the first nine months
following issuance of a probationary license, a probationary licensee who is under 18
years of age is subject, with limited exceptions, to certain restrictions on the
operation of "Class D" vehicles (automobiles and most other motor vehicles),
including restrictions related to persons who may be passengers in a motor vehicle
operated by the licensee and hours during which the licensee may operate a motor
vehicle.
This bill creates an additional restriction that a probationary licensee who is
under 18 years of age may not, during the first nine months following issuance of the
probationary license, operate a "Class D" vehicle while using a cellular telephone,
except to report an emergency. The same exceptions that apply to existing
restrictions on the licensee also apply to this new restriction.
Under current law, a person holding a probationary license or instruction
permit who violates operating restrictions must forfeit $50 for a first offense and not
less than $50 nor more than $100 for each subsequent offense.
This bill provides the same penalty for cellular telephone operating restriction
violations.
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:
AB291, s. 1 1Section 1. 343.07 (1g) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB291,2,42 343.07 (1g) (dm) The permittee may not operate a motor vehicle while using
3a cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device, except to report an
4emergency.
AB291, s. 2 5Section 2. 343.07 (4) (b) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
AB291,3,3
1343.07 (4) (b) 3. The permittee may not operate a Type 1 motorcycle while using
2a cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device, except to report an
3emergency.
AB291, s. 3 4Section 3. 343.07 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB291,3,85 343.07 (7) Penalty for restriction violations. (a) Notwithstanding s. 343.43
6(1) (d) and (3m), any person who violates sub. (1g) (a), (bm), or (d), or (dm) or (4) (b)
71. or 2. shall be required to forfeit $50 for the first offense and not less than $50 nor
8more than $100 for each subsequent offense.
AB291,3,119 (b) Upon receiving notice of a person's conviction for a violation of sub. (1g) (a),
10(bm), or (d), or (dm) or (4) (b) 1. or 2., the department shall notify any adult sponsor
11who has signed for the person under s. 343.15 (1) of the conviction.
AB291, s. 4 12Section 4. 343.085 (2m) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
AB291,3,1413 343.085 (2m) (a) 3. While using a cellular telephone or other wireless
14telecommunications device, except to report an emergency.
AB291, s. 5 15Section 5. Initial applicability.
AB291,3,1716 (1) This act first applies to licenses and permits issued on the effective date of
17this subsection.
AB291, s. 6 18Section 6. Effective date.
AB291,3,2019 (1) This act takes effect on the first day of the 7th month beginning after
20publication.
AB291,3,2121 (End)
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