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Report: More than 74,000 Wisconsinites caught driving with suspended licenses

TOWN OF MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - Over 74,000 Wisconsinites were caught driving while their licenses were suspended last year.

That's according to the Appleton Post-Crescent, which also found that 14,000 motorists were caught driving with revoked licenses.

Jason Weber of the Menasha town police department says it's not much of a deterrent to drive with a suspended license.

In general, he says offenders only get caught if they're stopped for a violation -- or they get in an accident. Weber calls it a "slap in the face" to those who follow the rules -- and many people believe it's their right to drive while in reality, it's a privilege.

Licenses can be suspended and revoked for a number of reasons -- like driving drunk, committing too many violations within a year, or driving with canceled auto insurance.

Menasha town Judge Len Kachinsky says a suspension can last as little as 30 days by staying off the road and paying a license reinstatement fee. He says the typical fines are $124 for driving with a suspended license. and up to $2,500 and possible jail time for driving under revocation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)