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Traffic law changes
How fast you can speed and not have it show on your driving record?
by Pinedale Online!
May 21, 2010

The Wyoming Department of Transportation included an interesting document with our driverís license renewal notice with information about traffic law changes. The paper is dated July, 2009, but some of the info was news to us, so we thought it would be worth passing on.

Personal Vehicles:
According to a law that went into effective July 1, 2004, if you get caught speeding on a road with a posted speed of 65 or 75 mph, and you are driving under 80 mph, a "Driving Record Action" will not go on your record. Driving Record Actions listed at speeds of 80 mph or more will go on the record. Drivers who hold CDLs that are caught going 80 mph or more in their personal vehicles are subject to disqualification of their CDL license. For posted speeds of 55 mph, donít go over 60 mph to keep from having the ticket go on your record. At posted speed 60 mph, donít go faster than 65 mph.

Commercial Vehicles:
All speeding violations over the posted speed in a commercial vehicle will go on the record. Violations of 15 mph or more over the posted limit will count towards suspension and disqualification. Drive 80 mph or more on the Interstate (posted 75 mph) and it will count towards having your CDL suspended. Violations in the personal vehicle of a CDL holder may also count towards disqualification.

Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and ignition interlock devices:
Effective July 1, 2009, a person who has been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol only) with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .15% for the first offense must install and maintain an ignition interlock device for a period of 6 months. 1 year for the second offence (BAC .08% or greater); 2 years for a 3rd offense (BAC .08% or greater); and a lifetime for a 4th or subsequent offense (BAC .08% or greater) within a five-year period. An ignition interlock restricted license entitles the licensee to drive upon the highways of this state during the period the previously issued license was otherwise suspended or revoked, subject to the following conditions:

1. Ignition interlock devices are to be installed, at the licenseeís expense, by a certified ignition interlock installer on all motor vehicles driven by the applicant.

2. Licensee shall produce written verification from a certified ignition interlock installer that an ignition interlock device has been installed on a vehicle owned or operated by the licensee.

3. The driver license and driving record of anyone issued an ignition interlock license will clearly indicate that the licensee may only operate a motor vehicle equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device, and

4. Licensee must file and maintain proof of financial responsibility for the period of the restricted license.

The law also was amended on July 1, 2009, that a person is guilty of a misdemeanor if they knowingly assist someone else by blowing into or by removing or circumventing an ignition interlock device, including starting and operating a motor vehicle to be driven by someone who has an ignition-restricted license.

Child Safety Restraints:
Children under the age of 9 must be properly secured in a child safety restraint system. Children should not be placed in the front passenger seat if other seats are available. Infants in rear-facing seats should not be placed in front of an active air bag. They have qualifiers in this section explaining options in situations of vehicles that donít have rear seats or if safety belts are being used by other passengers.

Click on this link for a PDF of the Traffic law Changes shown as dated July, 2009. (2 pages, 203K)


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