Police FAQ's

ACCIDENTS

He or she may complete a voluntary report and send it to Madison on their own.

ALCOHOL

If you take a chemical test and the results are .08 alcohol concentration or more, you will be automatically suspended. If you refuse to take test(s), the penalties will be different.
One to three years. Mandatory one year for a first offense.
No, you cannot have an opened container on your person in a motor vehicle on a public highway. Containers of alcoholic beverages with the seal broken must be transported in the trunk, or in a portion of the vehicle not normally occupied by passengers if the vehicle does not have a trunk - not the glove compartment.
Open container laws apply to all motor vehicles, including motor homes and pickup campers, except motor buses which are vehicles designed to transport people and having a passenger carrying capacity of 16 or more persons and chauffeur driven limousines. LIMOS AND BUSES MUST HAVE A HIRED CHAUFFEUR. No one under the legal drinking age may transport any intoxicants - open or closed.
Yes. For a drink to be considered alcoholic, it has to contain 0.5% or more of alcohol by volume. The amount of alcohol in non-alcoholic beer is so minimal that a person would have to drink a huge amount before this would register on a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).

CHILD RESTRAINTS

Parents can call 1(800)261-WINS (9467) to register their child car seats and receive notification in the event that their seat model is recalled. WINS provides information about proper use of car seats and the state's new child passenger safety law. WINS also has a brochure that tells what to look for when buying a new or used safety seat and loans out instructional videos, Vince and Larry costumes and Buckle Bear suits.  See Child safety seat resources.

Effective April 30, 1992: All children under age four must be restrained in an approved child car seat. (The law previously stated children up to age two.) Safety belt requirements were also extended to apply to children up to age eight. (The law previously stated children up to age four.)  See Child safety seat laws.
Transportation rule 310 specifically exempts children who are incapable of being transported due to body size, medical condition or disabilities.
Law enforcement officers may stop a vehicle solely because a child passenger under age eight is not properly restrained. The mandatory safety belt law is a primary enforcement provision for adults, too, where a vehicle may be stopped for adults not properly restrained.

CITATIONS

No. This is an initial appearance date. This may be before a judge or a court commissioner. Please review the reverse side of the citation for more court information.
Generally, neither party is entitled to pretrial discovery in traffic forfeiture actions. But a defendant has a limited right to inspect and test devices used by the state to determine whether a traffic violation has been committed, including speed and alcohol detection devices. Before these devices can be inspected and tested, a defendant must first request court approval within 10 days after the alleged violation, and a court must order that these devices be inspected and tested. See Wisconsin statute 345.421.
Contact the Clerk of Courts in Burnett County where the citation was issued.
Decisions to cite are situational and circumstantial. The nature of the violation, weather conditions or other factors are considered before issuing a citation. An individual's driving record is typically not a factor.
No. The agency will investigate complaints regarding the conduct of its employees, we believe that the merits of the citation should be assessed by the judiciary.
The violation will be reported to your home state. Some states put it on your record and some don't. Check with the Minnesota Division of Motor Vehicles.

COURT

Send the bond and pink copy of the citation to the Clerk of Courts of the county where the citation was issued. The address will be on the citation in the court information area.
You should contact the Clerk of Court's office in the county where the citation was issued and explain the circumstances.

DISABLED & HANDICAPPED

There's no limit, as long as the passengers don't obstruct the driver's view or impede the driver's ability to drive. All original seat belts must be used.
Wisconsin statute 346.938 (6m)(a)(b). A person may ride in a towed fifth- wheel mobile home if it is equipped with a two-way communication system in proper working order, capable of providing voice communications between the operator of the towing vehicle and any occupant of the towed vehicle. Children under 12 may not ride in fifth wheel mobile homes unless a person age 16 or older is also riding in the home.
Yes, if the camper is attached, bolted, etc. to the truck.
Yes, so long as the exhaust system extends beyond the body of the truck.
Yes, if you are over 13 years of age and seated in the box. It is illegal to sit on the sides. No child under the age of 16 may ride in the open cargo area of light trucks without a safety belt or restraint.

DRIVERS LICENSE

See License requirements, Visitors, students and members of the Armed Forces.  RE: Wisconsin statute 343.05(2)(C).
No. You have lost your operating privileges. When your suspension period is over, you must reinstate your privileges by appearing at a DMV service center in Wisconsin before driving here again.

ENFORCEMENT

The officer is doing more than filling out a form. License and registration checks are made via radio or mobile data computer. Like the Internet, these inquiries are subject to delay due to volume or other technical circumstance. Officers need to make these checks and try their best to conclude the traffic stop as expeditiously as possible.
You should remain in your car. An officer might interpret someone suddenly exiting their car and approaching him/her as a threat. Stay put and refrain from a lot of movement--even if it is simply to tidy up your car. The officer will come to you.
The traffic forfeitures are so high because they include fees for jail assessment, crime lab and drug assessment, justice information, court support services, penalty assessment, and court costs.
See Wisconsin's point system and Driver license points - frequently asked questions.
No. In many cases, the officer does not lock in the reading in order to obtain a tracking history of the speed or to identify  correctly the offending vehicle.
They are unlawful for commercial motor vehicles. Otherwise, they are only unlawful if they constitute a view obstruction

EQUIPMENT

Cars must have a rear bumper attached the same way it came from the manufacturer. Pick-up trucks do not need a rear bumper.
For cars, the requirement is two-inches plus or minus manufacturers specifications. Pickup trucks may have up to four-inches plus for tires, and five-inches plus for suspension for a combination of an additional nine-inches over manufacturers specifications.
50% front side windows only; 65% rear windows (35% light).
Yes, depending on where the crack is. It cannot be in the critical area (windshield wiper area). Transportation rules 305.32 & 305.34
Stickers authorized by law (i.e., state park stickers or others issued by a government agency) are allowed four (4) inches up from the bottom of the windshield. SBB MVD 5.51
No, there must be a rear view mirror located inside or outside the vehicle, or both. Side mirrors are required if you cannot see 300 feet to the rear.
During inclement weather with two headlamps (no more than four lights on). Off road lamps mounted outside restrictions cannot be operated on roads and must be covered. Wisconsin statute 305.075(5).
Yes, but the red light does not give you the right to disobey the law when driving.
Yes, however, it is more difficult to see at night with a light on in the vehicle. The light affects night vision. Inattentive driving may be involved, depending why the driver has the light on.
No, if you are within 500 feet of the other vehicle before dimming, following or meeting.
Yes. They cannot be used for highway use. They must be covered.
If the tire is worn to the point where part of the ply or cord construction is exposed, or there is less than 2/32 inch tread depth measured at two points no less than 15 inches apart in any major tread groove, at or near the center of the tire.
One tire size may increase speed 5%.
Listed in the Yellow Pages, under "Speedometer."

MISCELLANEOUS

The pilot times vehicles as they cross pavement markings of known distance. A devise in the aircraft takes the distance and time and converts it to MPH. The pilot then radios this information to patrol cars.
This is a road that restricts axle weights to 60% of ordinary legal weight limitations.
The public can only use credit cards to renew via on-line or phone renewal of plates, not in person at any of the DMV offices.
No, private vehicles don't unless the operator is restricted to financial responsibility. If you are driving for hire, you have to have insurance.
With the weapon cased and unloaded. Applies to firearms and bow hunting equipment.