Beginning on Tuesday, Wisconsin drivers are required to have insurance. Major Dan Lonsdorf with the Wisconsin State Patrol says the new law will mean one more question asked by law enforcement, and a little more documentation for drivers. Officers will be asking for proof of insurance along with a driver’s license when they make traffic stops.
And there are new fines of course: $200.50 for driving without insurance. Drivers may also be cited for failing to carry proof of insurance in their vehicles. That’s a ten dollar fine, it cab be dropped if the motorist provides the needed documentation. Wisconsin had been one of only two states not to require auto insurance, although Lonsdorf notes eighty-five percent of drivers were insured even without the mandate.