DMV Point System in Wisconsin
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The points system is a method used in many states not only in order to help keep track of the driving infractions for individual license holders, but to also remind drivers of the importance of driving safely and abiding by the rules of the road.
The traffic courts in Wisconsin send notification to the Wisconsin DMV each time a driver is convicted of a driving violation. The points entered against the driving record depend on the nature of the infraction. Each driver begins with a clean driving record of zero points and accumulates them as infractions occur.
We've explained how Wisconsin's point system works below. However, you'll also want to refer to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's resources. For example, the DMVline thoroughly explains how points are assessed regarding your license. You can listen to the audio file or read the text transcript.
If you have a probationary driver's license, any infractions that would cause points to be entered on your driving record are doubled during the probationary period.
If you accumulate a total of 12 or more points against your record in any 12 month period, your driver's license will be suspended for a period of two months.
Another reason to keep points off of your driving record is automobile insurance. When an insurance company is writing a new policy for you or renewing an existing policy, they always check your driving record.
Points on a record can mean anything from a slight increase in premium payments and a major increase in premium payments to cancellation of your insurance policy. Keeping your record clean not only saves money in traffic tickets, but can save you a bundle in car insurance costs.
Here we have outlined the infractions and points for Class D drivers:
- Eluding or attempting to elude an officer
- Failure to give aid after an accident
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Street, drag or other racing/reckless driving
- Over speed limit by 20 mph or more
- Violation of occupational license
- Weaving or other deviation from a traffic lane
- Driving on the wrong side of a street or highway
- Failing to yield
- Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
- Imprudent driving or too fast for conditions
- Inattentive driving
- Failing to stop for school bus/red lights flashing
- Over speed limit by 11 through 19 mph
- Accelerating unnecessarily
- Violation of arterial or traffic control
- Driving wrong way on a one way street
- Failing to dim bright headlights
- Failure to give proper turn or other signal
- "Tailgating" or following too closely
- Passing illegally
- Having improper brakes or lights
- Driving on an expired license or without a license
- Driving with multiple licenses
- Prohibited or illegal turning
- Over speed limit by 1 through 10 mph
- Violation of license restriction
- Depriving another vehicle use of a full lane
- Parking on highway in a traffic lane
- Defective speedometer in vehicle
You can also see the list of convictions for commercial driver's licenses and for motorcycle-specific infractions on the points system page of the Wisconsin DMV website, or in the Codes with Charge Points PDF document, which can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader.
If you have been convicted of a moving violation that has added points to your driving record, you can take steps to reduce points if you attend an approved traffic safety course. Three points will be removed once you successfully complete the course.
If your points are in the A, B, C, D classifications, you are eligible for only one point reduction every five years. You may also have an additional three point reduction in a five year period for any points you may be assessed due to motorcycle (Class M) violations, however, you may not be permitted to reduce points if you have accumulated 12 points in a one year time span, as that requires a license suspension.
One of the best investments you can make in your driving career is attendance at a defensive driving class or other traffic school. The defensive driving training has proven so successful in teaching drivers how to avoid dangerous traffic situations that it has become a required course for many professional drivers.
If your company hires drivers, ask your insurance company about a discount if you require your drivers to attend a defensive driving program. Some insurance companies have begun offering this discount to companies who choose to train their drivers in the basics of collision avoidance and traffic safety awareness.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
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- The Perils of Accumulating Driving Record Points
- How Long Points Stay on Your Driving Record
- Actions That Lead to the Loss of Driving Privileges
- How to Check Your DMV Points
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