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Many fatal motorcycle crashes involve riders without proper licenses

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Over a third of Wisconsin motorcycle deaths involve bikers who are not supposed to be on the road. D-O-T records show that 36-percent of motorcyclists who died in crashes over the last 10 years did not have the valid state cycle license. That means they never passed the required skills test or received proper training to ride a motorcycle safely.

The state and the ABATE biker group are trying to change that, with an education campaign that encourages bikers to be licensed before hitting the road. The D-O-T's Greg Patzer tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that thousands of people have been riding for years without a license. Five years ago, the state sent letters to the owners of 31,000 registered motorcycles who did not have licenses. Last year, the state prosecuted over 850 people for riding without the necessary motorcycle endorsement. The normal fine is $200, plus three demerit points on a regular driver's license.