SUNRISE INTERVIEW: ‘Safety with the State Patrol’ (Legal or Not?)

On Friday morning, we talked with the Wisconsin State Patrol about whether or not certain actions are legal or not.

Here’s what Captain Jeff Frenette discussed:

Q. Are turn signals standard equipment on today's vehicles?

A. That's what we may think when we encounter a less than courteous driver. Yes, turn signals have been standard safety equipment on motor-vehicles for decades. Using your signal to indicate your turn is the law and is to be displayed no less than 100' prior to deviating.

Q. Is it legal for individuals to sell vehicles on-line (Craigslist, Ebay) or in their yard unrestricted?

A. Wisconsin law allows you to sell up to 5 vehicles, titled in your name, in 12 months. If you sell more than 5, or if you buy even one vehicle for the purpose of reselling it, you must have a dealer license. Contact he DMV Dealer & Agent Section for licensing information.

Q. The grandkids enjoy riding in the back of grandpa's open back pickup, is this legal?

A. No. Riding in the back of an open box truck is generally not safe for any age, and it is illegal to allow anyone under the age of 16. This section is a safety statute intended to prevent any and all harms that could result from a child being transported in the open cargo area of a vehicle, including those resulting from a child's immature decision to jump from the cargo area of a moving vehicle. Limited exceptions for farming, hunting and parades.


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