In Wisconsin, you can have demerit points added to your driving record each time you are convicted of a moving-traffic violation. The number of points you have can affect the severity of the punishment you may receive. If you accumulate 12 or more points, your driving privileges could be suspended.
If you accumulate 12 to 16 points, your license could be suspended for two months. Accumulating 17 to 22 points can result in a four-month suspension. Accumulating 23 to 30 points can result in a six-month suspension, and accumulating over 30 points can result in a year-long suspension.
Even minor infractions can cause points to add up
Convictions for different traffic violations can be worth different amounts of demerit points. Serious violations, such as operating under the influence of intoxicants or failure to perform duty after an accident, are each worth 6 demerit points. Less serious infractions, like failure to dim lights or failure to give proper signal, are each worth 3 demerit points.
Other common traffic violations and their associated point values, include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: 4 points
- Driving too fast for conditions: 4 points
- Inattentive driving: 4 points
- Speeding 11-19 miles per hour over the speed limit: 4 points
- Unnecessary acceleration: 4 points
- Following too closely: 3 points
- Speeding 1-10 miles over the speed limit: 3 points
The demerit points for even minor errors can add up quickly. A few mistakes can risk your driving privileges. This is why it is important to pursue the best possible outcomes for each traffic ticket. Simply paying the fine may not prevent points from accumulating on your record.