Speeding Tickets in Wisconsin
Fighting a Speeding Ticket in Wisconsin
Procedural Steps to Defending a Speeding Ticket in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Points – Fines – Reciprocity and Other Issues
Wisconsin is an “Absolute” Speed Limit State
Speed limit laws can be defined under two categories: absolute speed limits and presumed speed limits. Absolute speed limits set a maximum speed at which a car can legally travel. These speed limits are termed “absolute” because they cannot be legally exceeded under any condition. For example, this would make it illegal to even drive 1 mile over the maximum limit. In states with absolute speed limits, if you are cited for speeding any amount greater than the posted limit, it is considered prima facie evidence you were driving unreasonably. Other states have “presumed” speed limits, which allow motorists to drive at a discretionarily safe speed under certain circumstances, such as road construction or weather conditions.
Wisconsin is a state that employs an absolute speed limit law as set out in Wis. Stat. § 346.57. The same statute also sets out the fixed or absolute limits and says that no one can drive at a speed greater than these fixed limits or they risk receiving a traffic citation. These absolute speed limits include: (a) 15 mph when entering a school zone or when passing a pedestrian crosswalk area, (b) 25 mph on any highway within corporate city limits, (c) 35 mph in any outlying district where there are business or industrial buildings located on either side of the highway within 1,000 feet, (d) 65 mph on any freeway or expressway. Wisconsin also has a default speed of 55 mph when the fixed speed limits of the area are not posted.
In addition to the fixed or absolute speed limits, motorists in Wisconsin can also be ticketed for driving at an unreasonable and imprudent speed under certain conditions. Even if the motorist is driving under the fixed speed limit, an officer can ticket them for driving unreasonably under certain circumstances like weather conditions or highway construction. Furthermore, Wisconsin actually requires drivers to drive at a reduced speed under specific conditions such as: when they are approaching a railroad crossing, driving around a curve, approaching a hillcrest, when traveling on a narrow road, and when passing school children or highway construction. Wisconsin is a state that does not have posted minimum speed requirements. However, it is illegal for a person to drive at a speed that is slow enough to impede the normal movement of traffic.
Wisconsin also has a mandatory right side of the road provision in their rules of the road statute. This law requires all motorists to drive on the right side of the road unless they are using the left side to pass another vehicle. Along the same lines, vehicles in the right lane are required to give passing vehicles the right away and are prohibited from increasing their speed. Keep in mind that Wisconsin is an absolute speed limit state, so it is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit at any time, even if you are just trying to pass another vehicle.