The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Urban Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 65, Trucks 65
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed limits are absolute--exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se (regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions).
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: No
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Yes, at least in some jurisdictions, under the name "plea in writing." Consult your court.
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
No (However, Wisconsin still reports all nonresident citations to home state.)
When and Where to File Accident Reports
The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person, any damage to state or other government-owned property, except a state or other government-owned vehicle, to an apparent extent of $200 or more or total damage to property owned by any one person or to a state or other government-owned vehicle to an apparent extent of $1,000 or more shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the police department, the sheriff's department or the traffic department of the county or municipality in which the accident occurred or to a state traffic patrol officer.
(Wisconsin Statutes 346.70(1), http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=stats&jd=top)
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $25,000
All injuries: $50,000
Property Damage: $10,000
Uninsured motorist coverage is required
Novice Drivers: No special restrictions
School Bus Drivers: No special restrictions
All Drivers: As of 12/10, text-messaging prohibited using primary enforcement
Telephone: 608/266-3212 (State Patrol Administrative Offices) or http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/municipal/index.htm (Wisconsin Court System, Municipal Courts)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010