APPLETON — A
local media investigation has found thousands of Wisconsin
motorists continue driving despite license revocations and
There were more
than 114,000 convictions last year for operating while suspended,
operating without a valid license or operating after revocation,
Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1aPeHzL
) reported, citing data from the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation. More than half of those convictions stemmed from
motorists who drove on a suspended license.
is based on mobility," said Sgt. David Lund of the Appleton
Police Department. "They may get pulled over and issued
multiple citations, (but) the reality is most people won't pay
those citations either. But they will jump into their car the next
day and drive."
The standard fine
for driving with a license that's suspended, revoked or invalid is
$200, but judges are able to raise that fee for drivers with
cited for not having a valid license also don't carry insurance,
caused insurance rates to rise for motorists who have mandatory
insurance, according to Jason Weber, a spokesman with the Town of
Menasha Police Department.
director of the bureau of safety for the state Department of
Transportation, said it's unfair that drivers who refuse to
purchase insurance put other law-abiding motorists at risk.
a lack of enforcement," Pabst said. "It's a matter of
how you get their attention. It is a tough nut to crack."