According to Wisconsin state law, once somebody falls into this category, the state can revoke his or her driving privileges for up to 5 years.
Identifying Habitual Traffic Offenders
The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles keeps a close watch on repeat offenders. If you have 12 minor violations on your record – or four major violations – you could be deemed a habitual traffic offender.
What Are Minor Traffic Violations?
A number of violations are considered “minor” in Wisconsin, including:
- Deviating from designated lane
- Failure to report an accident
- Speeding more than 15 miles-per-hour over the limit
- Opened alcoholic beverage
- Failure to use turn signal
- Failure to obey sign or signal
What Are Major Violations?
The state can consider you a habitual traffic offender if you’re guilty of:
- Hit-and-run with injury or death
- Attempting to elude police
- Operating under the influence of narcotics or alcohol
You don’t have to commit these violations within the state of Wisconsin in order for the DMV to consider you a habitual traffic offender.
For a comprehensive list of minor and major violations, click here.
Hearing on Revocations
Once they feel you have enough violations to consider you a habitual offender, the DMV will forward their findings to the Secretary of State, who will notify you of your revocation by mail.
Can Out-of-State Drivers Be Habitual Traffic Offenders?
Yes. If you are from out-of-state and you commit four major traffic violations while in Wisconsin, the Secretary of State can revoke your driving privileges in the state of Wisconsin for up to 5 years.
If you’re facing a license suspension or revocation in Milwaukee or Waukesha, call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online. We may be able to help you preserve your driving privileges.