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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 12, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Rohrkaste, Neylon, Steffen,
Kuglitsch, Horlacher, Kooyenga, Macco, Mursau, Schraa and Tauchen,
cosponsored by Senators Petrowski, Cowles and Lasee. Referred to
Committee on Transportation.
AB824,1,3 1An Act to renumber 346.14 (1); to amend 346.02 (10) and 346.02 (11); and to
2create
346.14 (1b) and 346.14 (2) (c) of the statutes; relating to: distances
3between motor vehicles.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the operator of a motor vehicle may not follow another
vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent. Current law further specifies
that, with certain exceptions, on a highway outside a business or residential district
the operator of a motor truck with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds must
maintain a distance of not less than 500 feet behind the vehicle immediately
preceding and must leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter
the space without danger.
This bill creates another exception to the large truck specification. In
particular, under this bill, the large truck specification does not apply to platoons.
A “platoon” is defined in the bill as a group of individual motor vehicles traveling in
a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB824,1 4Section 1. 346.02 (10) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB824,2,6
1346.02 (10) Applicability to snowmobiles. The operator of a snowmobile upon
2a roadway shall in addition to the provisions of ch. 350 be subject to ss. 346.04,
3346.06, 346.11, 346.14 (1) (1m), 346.18, 346.19, 346.20, 346.21, 346.215 (3), 346.26,
4346.27, 346.33, 346.35, 346.37, 346.39, 346.40, 346.44, 346.46, 346.47, 346.48, 346.50
5(1) (b), 346.51, 346.52, 346.53, 346.54, 346.55, 346.87, 346.88, 346.89, 346.90, 346.91,
6346.92 (1) and 346.94 (1) and (9).
AB824,2 7Section 2. 346.02 (11) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB824,2,148 346.02 (11) Applicability to all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain
9vehicles.
The operator of an all-terrain vehicle or a utility terrain vehicle on a
10roadway is subject to ss. 346.04, 346.06, 346.11, 346.14 (1) (1m), 346.18, 346.19,
11346.20, 346.21, 346.215 (3), 346.26, 346.27, 346.33, 346.35, 346.37, 346.39, 346.40,
12346.44, 346.46, 346.47, 346.48, 346.50 (1) (b), 346.51, 346.52, 346.53, 346.54, 346.55,
13346.71, 346.87, 346.88, 346.89, 346.90, 346.91, 346.92 (1) and 346.94 (1) and (9) but
14is not subject to any other provision of this chapter.
AB824,3 15Section 3. 346.14 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 346.14 (1m).
AB824,4 16Section 4. 346.14 (1b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB824,2,1817 346.14 (1b) In this section, “platoon” means a group of individual motor
18vehicles traveling in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds.
AB824,5 19Section 5. 346.14 (2) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB824,2,2120 346.14 (2) (c) This subsection does not apply to an operator of vehicle in a
21platoon other than the lead vehicle.
AB824,2,2222 (End)
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