Perspectives

Traffic

Understanding the New Hands-Free Driving Bill

A new bill signed Friday April 12, 2019 by Governor Tim Walz is set to go into effect August 1.

The new Hands-Free Cell Phone bill is aimed at reducing accidents caused by distracted driving. The bill, in effect, will ban drivers from using their cell phones while driving unless the function is hands-free or voice-activated.

New $20 Court Filing Fee for Wisconsin Traffic Cases

The Wisconsin Circuit Courts have recently implemented mandatory e-filing for attorneys representing clients in traffic cases in the majority of counties. These courts will start requiring a $20.00 fee for every case that an attorney opts in to for representation.

WFJ Presents: Motorcycle Safety

Below are some startling statistics regarding motorcycle crashes and some tips on how to increase your safety when riding.  If you or someone you know is in a motorcycle crash, contact WFJ immediately to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.

WFJ Presents: Traffic Citations: How to Avoid Them and What to Do When You Get Pulled Over

Many of you have felt that sinking feeling in your stomach after noticing the flashing lights of a police car in their rear view mirror. At best, getting pulled over by police and cited will ruin your day. At worst, you could end up arrested. More likely, you are left with the cost of a hefty court fine for the citation, and a mark on your driving record which can impact your auto insurance rates.

Wisconsin’s Motorcycle Laws

Wisconsin is one of a number of states that do not require adult motorcyclists to wear helmets. Under the headgear statute, headgear is only required for people under the age of 18. Wisconsin law does require riders to wear eye protection. This protection could be a face shield attached to the bike, goggles or glasses.

Minnesota’s Motorcycle Laws

Minnesota Laws and Regulations

All motorcycle operators with a license must:

  • Have a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle instruction permit or endorsement.
  • Register their motorcycle and display a valid license plate.
  • Carry liability insurance.
  • Carry proof of insurance when riding.
  • Wear eye protection: face shield, goggles, or glasses. Windshields do not meet legal requirements.

Some Simple Rules to Follow After a Traffic Stop

After you get pulled over for speeding, there are two choices that you have. The first is to simply pay the ticket and accept the consequences of the fine and potential increase in your insurance rates. Those that are habitual traffic offenders could also face the loss of their driving privileges.