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January 23, 2015

If you trade-in your motor vehicle to a dealer, sell it privately or if your vehicle is totaled and hauled off to a salvage yard, always remember to remove and keep your license plates. License plates belong to the vehicle owner — not the vehicle itself. Transferring plates to your new vehicle is often a wise option — as long as they’re being transferred between the same class of vehicles. Failure to remove and keep your plates can result in some major headaches — especially if your former plates start accumulating parking tickets and other citations that get charged back to you. Other tips when selling a vehicle privately: ensure the odometer reading and sales price are correctly noted, and keep the title until the new owner pays you. Audio


A quality set of windshield wipers and plenty of windshield washer fluid are especially important for drivers this time of year. Spray from tires passing over wet pavement can coat windshields and obscure a driver’s vision. The Wisconsin State Patrol notes that failure to keep a vehicle’s windows “reasonably clean” can result in a $175 citation.


A drive down one of Wisconsin’s rustic roads or scenic byways is a great way to take in the state’s winter landscape. There are 117 designated rustic roads spanning Wisconsin. They are lightly traveled country roads with natural and serene roadside features. The state also has four scenic byways — Door County Coastal Byway, Lower Wisconsin River Road, Wisconsin Great River Road, and Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway. The scenic byway program is a joint effort between communities and WisDOT to identify and promote state highway corridors with scenic and historical attributes. More information on scenic roadsides is online at:

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405,

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