2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
December 19, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Lazich, Wanggaard, Kedzie, Olsen
and Galloway, cosponsored by Representatives Spanbauer and Petrowski.
Referred to Committee on Transportation and Elections.
1An Act to create
346.03 (2m) of the statutes; relating to: open doors on
2authorized emergency vehicles.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, when an authorized emergency vehicle is responding to an
emergency call or in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, the operator
is exempt from traffic restrictions relating to parking if the vehicle's warning lights
are activated. The operator is also exempt from traffic restrictions relating to speed,
traffic signals, and direction of travel if the vehicle's warning lights and siren are
activated. However, even when an authorized emergency vehicle is operated with
the vehicle's warning lights and siren activated, the operator must drive with due
regard under the circumstances for the safety of all persons and may be held
responsible for the consequences of his or her reckless disregard for the safety of
Also under current law, no person may open any door of a motor vehicle located
on a highway without first taking due precaution to ensure that opening the door will
not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle.
Under this bill, a law enforcement officer, a fire fighter, or emergency medical
personnel may open and leave open any door of an authorized emergency vehicle
when the vehicle is stopped, standing, or parked and the person is performing official
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB341, s. 1
346.03 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding s. 346.94 (20), a law enforcement officer, a fire 3
fighter, or emergency medical personnel may open and leave open any door of an 4
authorized emergency vehicle when the vehicle is stopped, standing, or parked and 5
the person is performing official duties.