“State traffic law" means any law under ch. 194
, chs. 340
and ch. 351
, Stats., in which the movement or operation of a motor vehicle is an element of the offense.
“Tribal traffic law" means a law enacted by a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state that strictly conforms to a provision in chs. 341
Trans 101.01 History
Cr. Register, June, 1981, No. 306
, eff. 7-1-81; r. and recr. (2), Register, December, 1990, No. 420
, eff. 1-1-91; CR 07-081
: am., cr. (3) Register June 2008 No. 630
, eff. 7-1-08.
Trans 101.02 Point schedule.
Pursuant to s. 343.32 (2)
, Stats., the department has established this demerit point system to identify habitually reckless or negligent operators or those who have repeatedly violated traffic laws. Upon receipt of a notice of conviction for an offense under the state traffic laws, a local ordinance, a tribal or federal traffic law, a violation of s. UWS 18.04
, or a traffic regulation, the department shall assess demerit points against the driver record of the person convicted of the offense in the manner and to the extent required by this section and s. 343.32
, Stats. The following scale lists violations according to the number of demerit points assessed, with higher point values being assessed for more severe offenses:
(1) Six demerit point violations.
The department shall assess 6 demerit points for any of the following violations:
Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, or knowingly resisting an officer by failing to stop a vehicle.
Operating commercial vehicle with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.1 and causing injury.
Operating while under influence of intoxicant or controlled substance, or with a prohibited alcohol concentration.
Racing on public highway or engaging in a contest of speed or endurance.
Speeding 20 miles per hour or more in excess of lawful or posted speed.
(2) Four demerit point violations.
The department shall assess 4 demerit points for any of the following violations:
Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing.
Failure to yield right of way or failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicle.
Speeding more than 10 miles per hour but less than 20 miles per hour in excess of lawful or posted speed.
Trans 101.02 Note
Unnecessary acceleration is a valid traffic regulation. City of Janesville v. Garthwaite
, 83 Wis. 2d 866
Under age 21, operating motor vehicle with any measured alcohol concentration.
(3) Three demerit point violations.
The department shall assess 3 demerit points for any of the following violations:
Violation of a restriction on a graduated driver license related to the time or route of travel or passengers permitted.
Trans 101.02 Note
This includes arterial signs, one-way signs or traffic signs or signals. See s. 340.01 (38)
Improper or unlit or missing lamps or lights, including clearance lamps, spotlamps, headlamps, brake lamps, tail lamps and signal lamps, but not including registration plate lamps or failure to use cycle headlamps during daylight hours.
Operating without having obtained an operator's license, without a proper license endorsement, without proper license classification for the vehicle being operated, or with a license which has expired, and including the following:
Operating a commercial motor vehicle without having obtained a commercial driver license.
Operating a Type 1 motorcycle without a license authorizing the operation of class “M" vehicles.
Possession of intoxicating beverage while operating or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle.
Speeding 10 miles per hour or less in excess of lawful or posted speed.
Operating commercial motor vehicle while disqualified or out of service.
(4) Two demerit point violations.
The department shall assess 2 demerit points for any of the following violations:
(5) Zero demerit point violations.
The department may not assess demerit points for any of the following violations:
Failure to wear mandatory protective headgear while operating a Type 1 motorcycle.
Falsified application for operator's license, identification card or motor vehicle title or registration.
Operating a Type 1 motorcycle with handlebars that exceed the legal height limit.
Operating a Type 1 motorcycle with rear passenger pegs that are at an illegal height.
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 its alcohol content.
Operating a commercial motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.1 and not causing injury.
Unnecessary noise or loud radio audible from a distance of 75 feet or more.
Trans 101.02 Note
Wis. Stat. s. 345.20 (2) (f)
provides that demerit points may not be assessed for the firearms offenses set forth in Wis. Stat. s. 167.31 (2) (b)
, or (d)
or for littering in violation of Wis. Stat. s. 287.81
(6) Similar offenses.
The point schedule in this section covers violations of state traffic laws, local ordinances, tribal traffic laws, federal traffic laws, traffic regulations, s. UWS 18.04
, and department administrative rules which are similar to the violations described in subs. (1)
, even if the language of the law, ordinance, regulation or rule may vary.
Any person who holds an instruction permit or probationary license on the date of a conviction, or an unlicensed person who would be issued a probationary license or instruction permit if proper application were made and all other requirements for license were met, shall be assessed double the demerit point value shown for convictions set forth in subs. (1)
if the record indicates that the person has been previously convicted of an offense for which demerit points were assessed under s. 343.32
, Stats. This paragraph does not apply to a conviction for violation of any offense under ch. 347, Stats.
Trans 101.02 Note
Commercial driver licenses are never issued on a probationary basis. S. 343.085 (2) (b)
, Stats. Chapter 347
, Stats., deals with vehicle equipment requirements. DMV is required to double demerit points for most offenses and is prohibited from increasing points assessed to a driver for a vehicle equipment violation by s. 343.32 (2) (bc)