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What Is Wisconsin’s Driving Points System?

When you receive a traffic ticket in Wisconsin, depending on the traffic violation, a certain number of points go onto your driving record. When enough points accrue, you can lose your right to drive through a license suspension. A Milwaukee traffic defense lawyer can often help you challenge traffic tickets and avoid having points added to your driving record.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) assigns the following demerit points for these driving infractions.

Six points

  • Attempting to elude an officer
  • Failing to perform your duty after an accident
  • Operating under the influence of an intoxicant or drugs
  • Driving recklessly or racing
  • Speeding 20 miles per hour or more over the limit
  • Violating an occupational license
  • Deviating from the traffic lane
  • Driving on the wrong side of highway or street
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Driving inattentively
  • Driving imprudently
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Failing to have a vehicle under control
  • Failing to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing

Four points

  • Speeding 11-19 miles per hour or more over the limit
  • Impruednt speed
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Inattentive driving

12 points

If a motorist is convicted of violations measured from violation date to violation date during a one-year period with points totaling 12 or more, there is an automatic suspension of operating privileges in Wisconsin for at least two months. At the end of the suspension there is a $60 reinstatement fee payable to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Most offenses remain on a driving record for five years. Most insurance carriers look at offenses for a three- to four-year period to determine insurance premiums.

By working with traffic defense lawyers in Milwaukee you can often avoid traffic violation convictions.

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