Representatives in the Wisconsin State Assembly proposed a bill that would increase penalties for drivers who fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As of today, the bill remains in the Rules Committee. However, this is a good time to remind you of the current failure to yield law and explore the possible changes.
Wisconsin Statute Section 346.18 discusses the general rules of the right of way. This section explains the rules of yielding other vehicles and pedestrians in various scenarios. These scenarios include left turns, U-turns, uncontrolled T-intersections, and roundabouts. If you violate section 346.18, you will be subject to fines listed in Section 346.22. Fines are between $20-$50 for a first offense where there are no injuries. If bodily harm occurs, the fine increases up to $200. If great bodily harm occurs, then the fine can be up to $500. And if the failure to yield results in the death of another person, the fine can be up to $1,000.
But you also face a mandatory suspension of your driver’s license if an injury occurs. Section 343.31(2t) of the statutes states that your driver’s license will be suspended for 2 months if there is bodily harm, 3 months if there is great bodily harm, and 9 months if a death results.
The bill is intended to expand the penalties for failure to yield violations. The bill would eliminate the section regarding bodily harm and would keep the license suspensions the same for an incident involving great bodily harm and death. The fines would also remain the same as applied to Section 346.18. However, violators would be required to attend a traffic safety course or they could face additional license suspensions.
Cited with Failure to Yield?
If you receive a failure to yield citation and there is an accident, you need to call us immediately. This is not a simple traffic ticket. Yes, there may be the inconvenience of paying a fine. But you also face a suspension of your driver’s license. Many times we can negotiate a settlement with the prosecutor that includes an amendment to a citation that does not require a mandatory license suspension. We’ve been successful negotiating these cases in the past and prosecutors know we won’t hesitate to fight the charges. Contact us today!